'Good governance paid off in Gujarat'
Leading UK-based NRIs credit Modi's victory to the outstanding development work done in the state.india Updated: Dec 24, 2007 23:20 IST
Leading UK-based NRIs, including the Caparo Group head Lord Swraj Paul, feel that BJP's victory in Gujarat assembly polls is due to good governance provided by the party government.
Lord Paul said "it is a victory for the people of Gujarat and democracy. People prefer good governance and they have voted for good governance."
Another leading NRI entrepreneur, Sir Gulam Noon, chief of the multi-million pound Indian takeaway Noon Products, said "today, people are worried about vikas (development), commerce and prosperity and Narendra Modi has done well in these and my congratulations to him."
Sir Noon said "roots of democracy and secularism in India are very deep and recent elections have shown that personal attacks on individuals never pay".
"Modi did a brilliant job in capturing the imagination of the people, focusing on development which the Congress failed to do."
Sir Noon, an outspoken person, said people should forget the past and look at the future, in an obvious reference to the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
"I tell my fellow Muslims that you have to forgive and forget and look at the future", Noon said.
"My advise to the Muslim community is please educate your children", he said.
About Congress, he said "the leaders of Congress should start listening to young people. The older people's sell by date is over".