Modi unveils vision of 'brand India' with host of promises

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Slamming UPA policies, Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled his vision for the country ahead of Lok Sabha election promising to develop 100 smart cities and set up IITs, IIMs and AIIMS in every state while projecting India as a brand worldwide.

From checking price rise and inflation, controlling poverty, ensuring security for women and empowering the poor to developing bullet trains and creating improved health infrastructure to focus on wellness, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate unleashed a host of promises that the BJP would fulfil if it came to power.

To fight inflation, Mr. Modi suggested setting up of a “Price Stabilisation Fund” to help the common man neutralise the effect of rising prices and said the BJP’s priority would be to provide a real-time databank for agricultural produce with the use of modern technology.

Wanting to build “brand India” to compete in the globalised world, he said it would focus on 5-Ts -- talent, tradition, tourism, trade and technology.

Taking up Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s favourite project of interlinking the rivers, Modi promised to fulfil the unfinished dream of the former Prime Minister.

On party veteran L.K. Advani’s pet project of bringing back the country’s blackmoney stashed abroad, for which the former Deputy Prime Minister had launched a nation-wide campaign in the form of a yatra, the Gujarat Chief Minister said he will fulfil his dream and utilise the money for the welfare of the poor. “If need be, we will amend the law and also set up a task force for bringing back the money.”

He also promised setting up of a national agriculture market and said BJP will deal sternly with black marketeers by setting up special courts to deal with cases related to them and to provide time-bound punishment.

The BJP leader also suggested strengthening the education sector and centres of excellence and focus on skill development to help empower the youth of the country.

“Once BJP comes to power, it will stop price rise and provide employment opportunities to youth craving for jobs in the country,” he said.

Mr. Modi said he will try to protect the federal structure, which the Congress-led UPA failed to do, and will not act as a “big brother” to states.

“We assure to change the situation -- not being a big brother or small brother, but both will take the nation forward together.... The Prime Minister and all Chief Ministers will be a team which will take the nation forward,” he said.

Touting the good governance model that he promised to bring in if voted to power, Mr. Modi highlighted the seven colours of the rainbow -- which denote India’s culture, agriculture, women force, natural resources (water, land and forests and environment), youth power, democracy and knowledge.

Mr. Modi also promised a democracy which is participative and not just representative.

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