Modi con­fi­dent of big­ger win

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS -

MUMBAI: In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even big­ger ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment next year, 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 said yes­ter­day his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) gov­ern­ment was 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 Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance in the past and achieve greater glory. The peo­ple are with us and we have noth­ing to fear,” Modi said.

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

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. It also lost a few races in the big heart­land state of Ut­tar Pradesh in the north.

But Modi said vot­ers wanted a strong and de­ci­sive cen­tral gov­ern­ment to de­liver on In­dia’s prom­ise as a big econ­omy and one of the po­ten­tial driv­ers of global growth.

“My plat­form will be devel­op­ment, fast devel­op­ment and devel­op­ment for all… We have worked very hard in the last four years and we will go to the peo­ple with our track record of devel­op­ment,” Modi said.

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