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India hails new PM Modi

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 01:24

May 17 - Narendra Modi gets a hero's welcome after landslide election victory as his predecessor bows out. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Narendra Modi arrives at his party headquarters in New Delhi to a hero's welcome. The opposition BJP party swept to a landslide victory, giving India its first government with a parliamentary majority in a quarter of a century. Around the country Modi's win is being greeted with optimism but an insistence that he must now delivery on his promises. (SOUNDBITE)(Hindi) SHANKAR PRASAD, RESIDENT OF VARANASI, SAYING: "The BJP party has won with an absolute majority (THIS MAN SAYS). Now they will rule and they should fulfil their promises to the people. If they don't deliver, then next time they'll suffer the same defeat as the others." (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A RESIDENT OF MUMBAI, KAVITA DESHPANDE, SAYING: "We are really happy that Modi won. We are sure that the change will come." Modi swept to power promising economic development for all. The absence of unruly coalition partners should help his reform plans and could usher in major economic changes. As Modi arrived in New Delhi to a triumphant welcome his outgoing rival was making his farewell speech to the nation. Manmohan Singh said he was leaving the country in better shape to be a global economic power house after a ten-year stint at the top

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India hails new PM Modi

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 01:24