During his speech at the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), Modi drew loud applause and laughter from the packed audience at the Vigyan Bhavan when he said, "We may have to wait a few months, but I sincerely feel that good times are coming."

Modi said, "The Prime Minister had said a good thing during his speech at the PBD on Wednesday that there is no need to despair and good times are due to come".

He paused for the laughter and clapping to subside, and smilingly added, "I don't need to say anything more...we may have to wait a few months, five or six. But I sincerely feel that good times are coming."

Modi's jibe at Singh came a day after the Prime Minister sought to dispel apprehensions among the Indian diaspora on the state of the economy, saying that the country was heading towards "better times" and there was no reason to despair about its present or worry about the future.

Addressing a press conference last week, the Prime Minister had said that "we are set for better times" as the cycle of global economic growth is turning for the better.

This is the first verbal attack on the Prime Minister by Modi after Manmohan Singh said that it will be disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister.

Don't weigh NRIs in dollars and pounds: Modi

Modi said NRIs should not be "weighed in dollars and pounds" and their experience should be used to give new direction to the nation.

"When we talk about NRIs, we think that they will bring dollars and pounds. Our Indian brothers and sisters should not be weighed in dollars and pounds," Modi said.

"They have a different work culture, global exposure, knowledge and experience. This experience can take us in a new direction," he said.

Modi also made several veiled attacks at the Central Government. Reaching out to NRIs and other investors, Modi said that they want to directly deal with state governments.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who spoke next, in a veiled rejoinder said that better days are sure to come as the government has laid a strong foundation with the steps it has taken through Right to Education and Right to Information.

Sangma said, "Better days will come as strong foundations have been laid, leading to visible transformative changes in the country... Indians are becoming more assertive, which is a positive thing."

He said revolutionary decisions have been taken by the country's leaders, which "were not easy to take in a country like ours". He also praised the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) as a major step that has helped stabilize rural wages and boosted agricultural sector.

On the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Gujarat Chief Minister managed to convert a marathon run into a major mobilization event for the BJP.  The 'Run for Unity' marathon, which was held at over 1100 locations, saw the party's top brass fan out in different parts of the country.

Continuing to usurp Sardar Patel's legacy, Modi declared that the event was a small step for his big dream of constructing the world's tallest statue - the Statue of Unity.

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Don't weigh NRIs in dollars and pounds: Modi

New Delhi:  BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said NRIs should not be "weighed in dollars and pounds" and their experience should be used to give new direction to the nation.

"When we talk about NRIs, we think that they will bring dollars and pounds. Our Indian brothers and sisters should not be weighed in dollars and pounds," Modi said at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

"They have a different work culture, global exposure, knowledge and experience. This experience can take us in a new direction," he said.

Modi also made several veiled attacks at the Central Government. Reaching out to NRIs and other investors, Modi said that they want to directly deal with state governments.

Prime minister said something good on Wednesday. He said one should not lose hope, good days will be back soon," Modi said addressing the NRIs meet on its third day.

"Maybe we will have to wait 4-6 months for that, but I am sure good days are ahead," Modi said, referring to the time when a new Central Government will assume office.

On the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Gujarat Chief Minister managed to convert a marathon run into a major mobilization event for the BJP.  The 'Run for Unity' marathon, which was held at over 1100 locations, saw the party's top brass fan out in different parts of the country.

 

Continuing to usurp Sardar Patel's legacy, Modi declared that the event was a small step for his big dream of constructing the world's tallest statue - the Statue of Unity.

 

The Gujarat Chief Minister said that he would not agree with the PM over present economic condition of the country. He said that good times for India are ahead.