Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan has said the Maoists’ assassination threat to Prime Minister was not just a threat to him but to the entire nation. “Mr. Modi is not just the leader of a political party but of 130 crore people and threat to his life is a threat to the country,” he said talking to reporters here on Saturday.
Mr. Radhakrishnan rejected a suggestion that the assassination threat letter dated April, 2017, was released by the police now with an eye on the coming Lok Sabha elections. The election was due in May next year and it was unfortunate that the assassination bid on Mr. Modi was linked to it, he said. “No person with common sense will say this,” he said.
This was not the first time Mr. Modi was facing a threat to his life, he said, adding he had faced threats even when he was Gujarat Chief Minister. Stating that he too faced threat to his life, Mr. Radhakrishnan said every patriot faced threat to his life in the country but they could not be cowed down by such threats.
People had a responsibility to identify extremists. Several extremists were arrested in Tamil Nadu not by the State police but by the Central security agencies, he said.
Reeling out statistics, Mr. Radhakrishnan dwelt at length achievements of the Modi government in the last four years.
“Ask Mr. Rahul Gandhi,” he shot back when asked about Mr. Modi’s promise of depositing ₹15 lakh in people’s bank accounts after repatriating black money from foreign banks. Mr. Modi never made the promise and this was a mischief of the Congress, he claimed.
On skyrocketing of petrol and diesel prices, the Union Minister admitted that this was a worrying factor. He said the present government was correcting the mistakes of the previous government in various sectors. When it was pointed out that GST too heavily burdened the common people, he said all the money collected from people were spent for the people and there was no tinge of corruption.