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HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014

No honeymoon period luxury for us: Modi

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 26, 2014
First Published: 19:48 IST(26/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:56 IST(27/6/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that allegations did not matter when "one is working with the sole aim of serving the nation".

Modi wrote a blog as his government completed one month in office — he took oath on May 26, stressing the "support and affection" of the people inspired the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government to work hard.

"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," Modi said, reacting to the series of controversies that his government faced after taking over.

"Forget hundred days, the series of allegations began in less than a hundred hours. But when one is working with the sole aim of serving the nation... these things do not matter," he added, as  controversies over human resource development minister Smriti Irani's qualification, a push for Hindi and the rail fare hike stalked the BJP government.

Modi, who was elected as the country's 15 PM in what he had termed an "election of hope", also outlined his experience in the past month, highlighting his meetings with ministers, officials and CMs of several states.

"I must share that these presentations (during meetings) have enabled a wonderful exchange of thoughts and ideas and we have come up with excellent roadmaps for the various ministries and departments."

In line with his election promises of strengthening the federal structure, the former Gujarat chief minister said he was looking forward to working with the CMs.

Modi, whose party ousted the Congress-led UPA to come to power, said, "67 years of previous governments is nothing compared to 1 month, but I do want to say that in the last month, our entire team has devoted every single moment for the welfare of the people."

The PM also said June 26 was an important day for him not only because it marked the completion of the BJP government's one month in office but also because of the Emergency.

"26th June was the day when the Emergency started (in 1975), having been imposed an evening earlier. As a youngster, I have several memories of those testing times.

"The Emergency surely stands out as one of the darkest periods in our history and is a grim reminder of the dangers associated with subverting freedom of speech, press, expression and silencing opposition," he said, maintaining Indian democracy will not sustain if freedom of speech and expression could not be guaranteed.

Modi said after taking charge he kept thinking that he was new to this place and "some people believed that I would take at least a year or even two to learn the intricacies of the working of the Central Government". He, however, added that feeling did not bother him anymore.

Signing off, Modi saluted the people of India for their "strong support and good wishes", and noted that "there are areas where surely we need to improve".

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