PM Modi con­fi­dent of ‘big­ger win’ in ‘19 poll

‘More seats’

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MUM­BAI, Aug 12, (Agen­cies): In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even big­ger ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment in 2019, dis­miss­ing op­po­si­tion at­tempts to rouse opin­ion against his gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to de­liver on prom­ises of swift eco­nomic devel­op­ment and more jobs for young peo­ple.

Modi told the Times of In­dia in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Sun­day that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the lives of all cit­i­zens re­gard­less of faith.

Con­cerns have grown that his ad­min­is­tra­tion has been un­able to rein in right-wing fringe groups that are try­ing to un­der­mine In­dia’s sec­u­lar con­sti­tu­tion by tar­get­ing the na­tion’s large Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

“We will def­i­nitely get more seats than we got the last time and I am con­fi­dent that we will break all records of the seats won by NDA (Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance) in the past and achieve greater glory.

“The peo­ple are with us and we have noth­ing to fear,” Modi told the news­pa­per in an email in­ter­view.

Opin­ion polls show he re­mains the front run­ner to win an­other five-year term, but the party has suf­fered re­verses in some lo­cal elec­tions in the past few months that have en­er­gized the op­po­si­tion.

The BJP failed to win power in south­ern Kar­nataka in May, the first big state to elect a new assem­bly this year in a con­test widely seen as a test of its pop­u­lar­ity af­ter four years in of­fice.

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Ac­ci­dent kills 5 Pak se­cu­rity forces:

Pak­istani po­lice say a col­li­sion be­tween a bus and a truck has left five mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces dead and 12 in­jured.

Po­lice of­fi­cial Naimat­ul­lah Khan says the col­li­sion took place on Sun­day in the coun­try’s north­west, in the Dara Zinda area. It’s about 250 kilo­me­ters, or 156 miles, south of the city of Pe­shawar, the cap­i­tal of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince.

Khan says the in­jured men, from the border po­lice force and the paramil­i­tary Fron­tier Corps, were taken to a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in the area.

Afghan forces bat­tle Tale­ban:

An Afghan of­fi­cial says se­cu­rity forces are bat­tling the Tale­ban for the third straight day af­ter the in­sur­gents’ mas­sive at­tack into the key city of Ghazni.

The Tale­ban pushed into the city, the cap­i­tal of Ghazni prov­ince, from dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions on Fri­day and de­stroyed a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tower, cut­ting off land­line and cell phone com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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