“The India of 2019 is not the India of the ’90s. It’s an aspirational India now. As the minister for information technology, I see a new kind of aspiration in the youth. The way India has picked up on innovation… India has become the second biggest centre for mobile manufacturing. India is the second biggest start-up country in the world,” said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a recent interview.
“The 2019 election is backed by performance, expectation, India emerging as a global power, which was clear in the way countries supported India at the UN Security Council in our bid to get Masood Azhar listed (as a global terrorist). We have ensured the complete isolation of Pakistan,” he said as he talked about the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“Also, the security of the country will figure prominently in the (election) discourse. The alarming regularity with which Congress leaders and their gurus have been challenging the whole narrative (of the Balakot aerial strikes) will also be a part of the public discourse,” he added.
“We are quite hopeful of winning the elections conclusively and convincingly. People of India want Narendra Modi to be the Prime Minister once again. You can’t remove someone when there is no alternative — no alternative programmes or no alternative leader. The people of India are very mature. They know how to distinguish between a Vidhan Sabha election and a Lok Sabha election. The people of India will ensure that the BJP-led NDA will come back to power in a very conclusive manner,” said Prasad as he asserting that the Modi wave is still in full swing.
Prasad is going to be contesting his first Lok Sabha election, from Patna Saheb constituency. The 64-year-old who began his career as a student leader and was also jailed during the Emergency, is confident that the BJP will win the Lok Sabha polls “convincingly”.