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No honeymoon period for my govt.: Modi

Varghese K George
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Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Every decision taken by his government has been “guided solely by national interest,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday as he completed one month in office, but rued that a “series of allegations began” immediately after he took over. “Every new Government has something that friends in the media like to call a ‘honeymoon period.’ …. Not unexpectedly I don’t have any such luxury,” the Prime Minister wrote.

In a post titled “a few thoughts as we complete a month in office” on his website, Mr. Modi expressed satisfaction at the functioning of the government but identified communication as one area that needs improvement.

“A big challenge I am facing in Delhi is to convey to a select group of people about our intentions and sincerity …. These are people who are both within and outside the government system,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, adding “we need to strengthen systems whereby the right things are communicated to the right people at the right time.”

In the post , Mr. Modi said he was no longer gripped by the thought that he was new to Delhi. “Fortunately, a month later that thought does not exist any longer in my mind. My confidence and determination has increased tremendously,” he said recalling that many people thought it would be a while before he learnt the intricacies of the Central government. He credited his success to the “wisdom of ministerial colleagues” and his own experiences as a four-time Chief Minister.

Mr. Modi said his meetings with ministers and officials enabled exchange of thoughts and ideas and the government has “come up with excellent road maps for the various ministries.” He hoped to work closely with Chief Ministers of States, and allegations do not matter when “one is working with the sole aim of serving the nation determinately.”

Noting that it was on June 26, 1975 that the Emergency was imposed in the country, the Prime Minister said it was a “grim reminder of the dangers associated with subverting freedom of speech, press, expression and silencing opposition.” Mr. Modi said he was committed to creating strong institutions through good governance so that “we never ever see those dark days again.”


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