The Indian prime minister was asked if he would step down after the BJP won a majority government in Uttar Pradesh state.
He said he would continue to be prime minister and the prime minister’s office would remain in power.
Modi said: “It’s all right to resign, it’s just that you won’t have the opportunity to be elected.
I will be the prime minster for 10 more years, so that you can be the PM.
I have nothing to apologise for.”
He added: “I am happy to keep my position, the country’s on the road to growth, and India is on the right track.”
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi speaks at a joint news conference with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, March 27, 2021.
Reuters/Yuri GripasThe Indian prime miniser, who is expected to step down next month after a two-year term, said his decision would be taken by the prime ministers office and not the executive branch.
Modis spokesman said the prime ministerial office would decide on a date to take up his resignation, but he did not elaborate.
Modiji, whose popularity has plummeted after the arrest of the Indian diplomat in Washington and the death of a US citizen, said the arrest was a serious incident and the government would take a tough stance on “all the serious crimes against humanity” committed by US diplomats.
A US law enforcement source said the arrests took place in the Indian embassy in New Delhi and were linked to a probe by the FBI.
“We have a number of cases against people from the Indian Embassy in Washington.
We have taken these cases to the US court of criminal appeals and the court has ordered the extradition of these people,” the source said.
“The investigation is still on.
We are waiting for a decision.”US embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Schulte said: ”We are aware of the arrest and we will be providing further updates to the Indian Government.”
The arrests came just days after the Indian parliament passed a bill to criminalise blasphemy and apostasy, which the government says has been used to harass religious minorities and stifle religious freedom in the country.
In his first remarks since the arrests, the Indian ambassador to the United States, Krishna Nanda, said: ‘The Indian government is committed to upholding the constitutional rights of all Indians and to upholding freedom of expression, religion and assembly.’
The US has also said it will investigate the arrest.
In an interview on Sunday, US President Barack Obama, who was visiting India, called the arrests ”a grave breach of Indian democracy and a stain on our democracy”.