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Narendra Modi will be the game changer in Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Arun Jaitley

File photo of Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2019, 06.55 PM (IST)

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to be the game changer in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

"I don't think any other issue or scheme is going to do anything. Only PM Narendra Modi is going to be the game changer in this election," Jaitley told Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary.

He also said that Modi gave India a strong leadership.

"The people of the country know that we can take tough decisions, provide leadership and that the country is safe under PM Modi's leadership. Any other PM would have thought 'whether I should give the permission or not for the airstrikes in Balakot'. He decided to strike the terrorists at their point of origin - both surgical strikes and IAF strikes prove it," Jaitley said.

The ability to take such decisions has given an assurance to the people of this nation that Modi will give the country a strong leadership.

"They violate the sanctity of Line of Control nearly every day. The changed defence doctrine that we have adopted will give a new sense of safety to the countrymen," he said.

Jaitley also slammed Congress's direct benefit transfer scheme announced by its president Rahul Gandhi on Monday.

Calling Rahul Gandhi's minimum income promise a bluff he said: "Congress has only given slogans to the poor, we gave them means. We got 91% of villages connected to roads. We have promised that all the BPL families will have a house by 2022. We waived off the hospital expense for 50 crore people of this country. We did not increase income tax by a single rupee, in fact, we reduced it.we also increased the tax base. 10,000km national highways were constructed every year during our tenure. We already have 55 scheme for our poor."

"Jitna ye vada kar rahe hain, usse 1.5 guna zyada hum already kar rahe hain (what they (Congress) is promising, we are already giving 1.5 times of that)," he added.

Earlier on Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced that his party, if voted to power, would give a minimum income guarantee of Rs 6,000 per month to 20 crore household. He said that the move would bring the people out of poverty.

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"He decided to strike the terrorists at their point of origin - both surgical strikes and IAF strikes prove it," Jaitley said.