PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the press conference. Credit: PTI
New Delhi: Narendra Modi was seen – and heard – at a press conference on Friday for the first time during his prime ministerial tenure on Friday but the event ended with his record of being the only incumbent to never answer questions from reporters fully intact.
In brief but rambling remarks that included at least one major factual inaccuracy, Modi said that he had come to thank the people of the country, and even journalists, for giving him “ashirwad” (blessings) and allowing him to work for the country over the past five years. But he said he would leave it to BJP president Amit Shah to answer any questions journalists had.
When the event began, Shah said that the prime minister would “attend” the press conference. Shah spoke at length about the party’s expectations from the election before giving the floor to the prime minister. After Modi finished speaking, Shah fielded all questions. When a journalist directed her question towards him, the prime minister said, “I am a disciplined soldier; the party president is everything for me.”