’PM Modi won’t be replaced after 75’: Amit Shah clarifies as Arvind Kejriwal sparks ’next PM’ debate

Union Home Minister Amit Shah clarified that PM Modi won't be replaced even after he turns 75. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also said PM Modi will continue for the third term and “complete his term” as the prime minister.

Akriti Anand
Updated11 May 2024, 07:56 PM IST
Union Home Minister Amit Shah reacted to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's claim about PM Modi on Saturday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah reacted to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s claim about PM Modi on Saturday.(PTI)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah “clarified” on Saturday that “[Narendra] Modiji won't be replaced” after even he attains 75 years of age. “Modiji ko badalna hi nahi hai, maine spasht kar diya hai, [We don't have to replace Modiji, I have made it clear]” Shah said while speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad on Saturday.

“It is already decided that he won't be replaced,” the home minister said.

Shah said this is a response to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's statement on PM Modi's retirement after his 75th birthday in September next year. "In 2014, PM Modi himself made a rule that BJP leaders will retire after the age of 75. Modiji is turning 75 on 17 September next year. I want to ask Modiji, are you asking for votes for Amit Shah?" Kejriwal asked.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also reacted to PM Modi's “retirement” claim, saying that he “will become the Prime Minister for the third time and complete his term”. He said in a post on X, "While Prime Minister Modiji is a symbol of credibility in politics, Kejriwalji is a symbol of the crisis of credibility in politics."

UP CM to be replaced? Here's what Amit Shah said

Amit Shah also refuted Kejriwal's claim about the BJP “replacing" Yogi Adityanath as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. The Delhi Chief Minister accused PM Modi of “ending politics” of several prominent BJP leaders in the past. Kejriwal said, "PM Modi ended the politics of many leaders like Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sumitra Mahajan, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Vasundhara Raje and Manohar Lal Khattar...and next will be Yogi Adityanath".

Kejriwal held a press conference in Delhi on Saturday, a day after he was granted interim bail for campaigning for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024. He was granted bail till June 1, the Supreme Court said in its interim order on Friday. Kejriwal will then have to surrender himself on June 2.

Reacting to Kejriwal's interim bail, Shah said, “He has been granted bail till the June 1 only to campaign for the elections and has to surrender again on the 2nd. If Arvind Kejriwal considers this a clean chit, then his understanding of the law is very weak.”

The Lok Sabha Elections 2024 in Delhi are due in May 25. The results will be announced on June 4.

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