Amid increasing criticism of the NDA’s decisions on GST and demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said people should not evaluate him on demonetisation and GST only.
In an interview to Zee news, the PM said, ”don’t evaluate me on demonetisation and GST only. We brought economic reform, built toilets, brought electricity to 18,000 villages.”
On the criticism of his government on implementation of the GST, he said, ”the success of the GST lies in the power of the federal structure. It takes time to adjust to change. But the outcome will be good.”
”India elects us to make reforms, not to win elections. If our reforms are for the benefit of the citizens, then the elections will reflect that, like we have seen in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat,”he said.
In the interview, he also made a pitch for simultaneous election to the Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha . In the interview, PM Modi said he believed that Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections should be held together and that he had discussed this idea with various policy makers.
”One election after another, the focus of the politicians gets divided. So let’s just do it one particular time. State’s 80 to 100 top officers are acting as elections observers. How will the state function? Elections absorb massive manpower. Soldiers are on election-duty for 100-200 days in a year.
Continuous elections also lead to excess expenditure by political parties,”he said. ”If the elections are held together the country is saved from a burden and crores of funds are saved. The voters will also find it convenient to come out and vote at once. Our idea is to create a planned election system. The polling could be held in a certain week across the country at one time,”he said