India's Modi issues warning ahead of elections
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition candidate for premier Narendra Modi predicted on Sunday that voters would soon "root out the corrupt" ruling Congress party nationwide, after state poll victories for his party this month.
Mr Modi, a popular but divisive figure, struck a triumphant note at his first major public rally since the results of five state polls were released, as his party seeks to gain momentum for a general election due by May.
"The people of India have started this (movement) to root out the corrupt Congress dispensation and it will soon happen across the country," Mr Modi said at a rally in the northern city of Dehradun.
"The elections in five Indian states concluded only recently and the results show the direction of the winds of change... the people of this country have made an auspicious start (to a campaign) of voting the Congress party out of power in India," he told tens of thousands of supporters.