'India First' to be Narendra Modi's mantra for economic revival

  • Shekhar Iyer, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 15, 2013 10:12 IST
  • Murli Manohar Joshi

    BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi hugs Modi after the party officially announced him as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. (Sonu Mehta/HT ...

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    BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Allahabad after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's prime ministerial candidate on Friday. (PTI Photo)

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    BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Amritsar after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's PM candidate on Friday. (PTI Photo)

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    BJP workers celebrating the announcement of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s name for prime minister candidate in Amritsar. (Munish Byalaa/Hindustan Times)

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    BJP supporters celebrate in Mumbai after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's PM candidate on Friday. (PTI Photo)

  • Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh (R) nominates three-time Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi (L) as the party's prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections. ...

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    BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley congratulates Modi after the party officially announced him as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. ...

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  • BJP president Rajnath Singh officially announced Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

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    BJP president Rajnath Singh congratulates Narendra Modi after the party officially announced him as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. (Sonu Mehta/HT ...

The declaration of Narendra Modi as BJP prime minister candidate will hasten putting together of a blueprint by the party for revival of India's economy. It is to be woven around his slogan of "India First" for shaping policies in key sectors, say key aides.

Modi wants this concept to be the basis of BJP's thrust plans for the economic growth, a key aide told HT. This should serve his image as a "go-getter and a doer".

Currently, these ideas are under process and not yet crystallised. Also, Modi is not relying on any select group of experts but rather receiving ideas from various people who are writing to him with suggestions.

His emphasis is that "if you deliver good governance, there will be growth, economic opportunities, development and everything else".

Modi wants not crony capitalism but what serves the country best, which should be the "yardstick" for deciding the viability of every project or scheme that will serve to kick start the economy, trigger boom in infrastructure development, and incentivise agriculture and industrial investment.

With the business community gung ho about his purported ability to get things done for them without delay, Modi told his aides that his economic model, which may be outlined in the BJP documents, must reflect his belief in "hard core and merit-based governance".

But before the BJP can put these ideas on paper, Modi and other senior BJP leaders are likely to have extensive discussion for a "unified" approach.

Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitely and Yashwant Sinha - who are part of the party's economic think tank - say whatever helps India's productive capacity grow will be the BJP's plan.

"The best of the NDA policies (between 1998 and 2004) will be replicated. We will end the current situation where investments could be confiscated, licenses could be cancelled," Jaitely told HT.

 

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