"For the first time after Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, the country has got strong leadership qualities in Narendra Modi," Mishra said at a press conference here.

After being released on bail following his conviction in a Fodder Scam case in 2013, Mishra praised Modi's efforts in enhancing India's dignity and influence in the world.

Asked whether his praise of Modi was any indication of joining the BJP, Mishra said "No, never! There is no more political innings for me. I am praising Modi as am in favour of a strong government and governance."

Mishra said he abhorred dynastic politics and alleged Congress president Sonia Gandhi, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav have turned their respective parties into their "own property, which is a threat to democracy."

Recalling how he was kicked out of the Congress when he opposed any understanding with the RJD in 1998, Mishra alleged the Congress leadership had insulted the office of the Prime Minister during UPA's decade-long rule.

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