‘I don’t do everything for elections…’

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New Delhi: सिर्फ़ News has run into another exclusive story. In the evening of 8 November when Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushed into the Cabinet meeting and rushed out to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, he saw two ministers who were crest fallen. Was this the best time to do it, they wondered.

“Modi ji, ham chunav har jayenge (Modi ji, we will lose the elections),” they said almost in a chorus.

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“I don’t do everything keeping elections in mind. I did this for the country. That’s the spirit in which you must take it,” Modi asserted and left for the exit even as these ministers were still depressed.

At the door, he halted. And he walked back to these ministers. He said, “But we’ll win these elections, too.”

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Surajit Dasgupta
The founder of सिर्फ़ News has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life and columnist in various newspapers and magazines, writing in English as well as Hindi. He was the national affairs editor of Swarajya, 2014-16. He worked with Hindusthan Samachar in 2017. He was the first chief editor of Sirf News and is now back at the helm after a stint as the desk head of MyNation of the Asianet group. He is a mathematician by training with interests in academic pursuits of science, linguistics and history. He advocates individual liberty and a free market in a manner that is politically feasible. His hobbies include Hindi film music and classical poetry in Bengali, English, French, Hindi and Urdu.