Is Prime Minister Modi an autocrat? Critic's Reaction to Amit Shah

In an interview with a government television programme, PM Narendra Modi's closest associate praises him.

Is Prime Minister Modi an autocrat? Critic's Reaction to Amit Shah
Is Prime Minister Modi an autocrat? Critic's Reaction to Amit Shah

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, pushed back against accusations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was autocratic at times, saying he had "never seen a listener like Modi ji" in his decades of working with him. "All of the accusations levelled against us are without merit. Modi ji is the best listener I've ever seen. If there is a meeting for any problem, Modi ji talks less and patiently listens to everyone and then takes a decision. We often think 'what is there to think so much?'. He takes a decision patiently after 2-3 meetings," he said in response to a question during an interview to the state-run Sansad TV channel.

"Every person's suggestion based on its quality is given importance by Modi ji and not based on who the person is. So, saying that he imposes his decisions as PM is not true at all. Whoever has worked with him, even the critics would agree that the cabinet has never functioned in such a democratic manner," he said.

PM Modi and Amit Shah, both from Gujarat, have worked closely together since their early days in the BJP and its ideological father, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). When PM Modi was Gujarat's Chief Minister, Amit Shah served as the Prime Minister's closest confidante and strategist, holding executive positions in the Gujarat government. 

Amit Shah also backed PM Modi in the wake of the farmers' protests, claiming that the farmers' fears about the regulations passed last year were unjustified and that the BJP government has taken significant steps to assist the farmers.

"A total of 11 crore farmers receive 6,000 dollars every year. Within a year, the farmers received Rs 1.5 lakh crore. A loan of 60,000 crore was forgiven by the UPA government at one point. 60,000 crore was returned to the bank, while farmers received nothing. This funding of 1.5 lakh crore will be distributed to farmers immediately, with no need for a bank loan. On average, properties of 1.5-2 acres are available for agriculture, with a harvest value of $6,000 per acre. As a result, farmers do not take out any loans "he stated