London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he adjudged criticism against him as a “goldmine” but added that “nowadays criticism has taken the form of allegations”. When the PM was asked about the secret behind his stamina, Modi said, “Pichle kareeb kareeb 20 saal se main daily 1 kg-2 kg gaaliyan (abuses) khaata hun.” His response evoked laughter among the audience. Some even began to chant ‘Modi, Modi’ slogans. PM Modi was speaking at an interactive session with diaspora event at the Central Hall Westminster.
Later, Modi also said: “There is an allegation against me that there is so much criticism, but I don’t speak up. Actually, I give their criticism so much importance that I try to understand that. I try to rectify myself. My work is not to stop one from talking. That you criticise me is a goldmine for me.” At the session, the PM also said: “In a democracy if there is opposition but no criticism, then how can it be called a democracy. This is my conviction that criticism is the beauty of democracy.”
“I want Modi government should be criticised to the fullest, in every manner. Criticisms keep the government on their toes. If anyone criticises me then I consider it my good fortune. I don’t feel bad about it,” he further said. “…But unfortunately, to criticise, you have to research a lot and do a lot of hard work, have to collect facts and figures, and look at history,” Modi added.