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Change on its way, Modi assures NRIs, mocks PM

Taking a cue from Singh’s statement made at the same forum on Wednesday that good days were not far away, the Gujarat chief minister said he could not agree more with his opponent.

‘The PM had said a good thing during his speech here yesterday that there is no need to despair and good times are due to come. Even, I sincerely feel that good times are coming,’ said Modi with a broad smile. ‘It will take another few months for the good days. I don’t need to say anything more. We might have to wait a few months may be four or six,’ Modi quipped, which drew a loud applause and laughter from the delegates attending the 12th edition of the meeting of overseas and non-resident Indians at the Vigyan Bhavan.

 Modi asked the packed audience to take part in the ‘revolution’ and urged them to cast their vote at the time of elections. ‘I assure all NRIs that India will never let them down,’ he said. Without naming the Congress party, Modi while raising the recent poll debacle of the party, appealed to the NRIs, ‘The coming election will be crucial and you should not stay back. You should participate in this revolution. Try and come back to vote at the time of elections. If that is not possible, actively engage with the political process from wherever you are.’

The response from the audience must have revived confidence of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate who has been seen trailing behind the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after the announcement of the recent assembly polls.

Modi referred to two major events in history in which the diaspora had come together to support the country including the 1975 emergency and the second the 1998 nuclear test by the BJP-led NDA government. ‘These are the two major events when the diaspora took a proactive role and with self-initiative stressed their Bharatiyata (Indianness),’ the BJP’s PM candidate said.

Modi sought NRIs’ help in building Sardar Patel’s unity statue and said with his statue our future generations will remember his contribution.
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