He criticised his opponents for stoking fear and communalising the elections in the name of secularism. “I’m proud that we have changed that. They are no longer able to do so. Hence this Stop Modi Project. They fear the change that is coming,” he said.
Asked about his statements calling for action against those guilty of corruption, Modi said he did not believe in being vindictive. He, however, said there was “nothing political or partisan or vindictive” about wanting justice delivery on time.
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“Yes, the corrupt and criminal elements in every party must be punished within a year for which for which we will create special courts. In this, no party will be excluded. If the leaders are corrupt, they will be punished.” Modi – who had spoken about replacing China as the world’s manufacturing hub – said this could be achieved by leveraging India’s three strengths over China: “The three Ds: Demography, Democracy and Demand.”
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