Friday, June 27, 2014

After a month as PM, Modi says there was no honeymoon period


New Delhi: Prime minister Narender Modi marked his first month in office by expressing his impressions in a blog. He wrote that when he took office he thought he would need a year or two to “learn intricacies of the working of the Central Government”. He says that at the end of a month, he does not feel diffident.
“My confidence and determination has increased tremendously and I credit a substantial part of this to the collective experience and wisdom of my ministerial colleagues and also to my experiences as a four time chief minister,” he wrote.
Observing that all the previous government had a “honeymoon period”, which stretched from a 100 days to even a year, he says, “I don’t have any such luxury. Forget hundred days, the series of allegations began in less than a hundred hours.”
Modi never fights shy of being the copywriter of his party’s, and now his government’s, advertisement. He wrote: “...but I do want to say that in the last month, our entire team has devoted every single moment for the welfare of the people. Every decision we took has been guided solely by national interest.”
Modi has also connected with the Emergency, a potent political weapon in the quiver of the Indian opposition parties in the 1970s, and the Jana Sangh, the BJP’s previous political incarnation, was a prominent part of this formation. “This day is also another landmark day, when in 1975 I witnessed an important phase that taught me the significance of a vibrant democracy. 26th June was the day when the Emergency started, having been imposed an evening earlier (sic). As a youngster, I have sevreal memories of those testing times.”



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