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