Modi takes a jibe at PM, says 'indeed good times are ahead'

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Taking a dig and backing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for saying that 'good times are ahead' BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said that indeed good times are ahead.

Making a reference to the upcoming General elections, Modi said that he believed that it would take another few months for the good days to arrive.

Modi was addressing a special interactive session of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in the capital. He said: "The PM said the good days will come soon. I agree. Better times will arrive in a few months," he said.

During the session, Modi focussed on NRIs and the Indian diaspora and said that NRIs should not be weighed in just dollars and pounds. He said that we must utilise the experience gained by NRIs to develop the country.

Modi: NRIs want to deal with state govt, not Central govt

Making a veiled attack at the Centre, Modi said that the NRIs now wanted to deal directly with the state government and not the central government. He said that the focus has now been shifted from central government to state authorities. "A developed nation is possible if we come together- United India, Grand India," he said.

During his speech, Modi even spoke about the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue and said that the initiative behind the statue was to create awareness in the future generations about his contribution to the country, "If Sardar Patel was not there, may be we would need Pakistani Visa to see Gir Lions," he said.

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BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing during the12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi on Thursday.

In New Delhi

BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing during the12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi on Thursday.

In New Delhi

BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs looks on, at the12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi on Thursday.

In New Delhi

BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by delegates during the12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi on Thursday.

In New Delhi

BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia during the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations in New Delhi on Thursday.

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