Modi, addressing a global audience of Indian diaspora at the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, elicited loud applause and laughter and even a few whistles from the audience when he said, “We may have to wait a few months, but I sincerely feel that good times are coming.”
The Gujarat CM, who got a round of applause before he got up to speak and while he was being introduced, said, “The PM had said a good thing during his speech on Wednesday that there is no need to despair and very good times are to come.” He paused waiting for the laughter and clapping to die down, and then said smiling, “I don’t need to say anything more… we may have to wait a few months, four or six. But I sincerely feel that good times are coming.”
This was Modi’s first public reaction, though oblique, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying during his press conference last week that “it will be disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as the PM”.
He said that with the general elections round the corner, he was observing renewed enthusiasm among Indians abroad. “The requirement is that there should not be any corruption, the focus should be on that,” he said. He cited the Gujarat experience of putting state policy online in “black and white” as an effective measure to tackle corruption.