India's opposition hardliner Modi pledges clean govt
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's main opposition leader, Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, on Sunday vowed a corruption-free government and a tough stand against rival Pakistan if his party wins elections next year.
Mr Modi described Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as weak and his government as riddled with corruption, as tens of thousands of supporters screamed the opposition leader's name at a rally in a park just outside New Delhi.
"The coalition (government) is now addicted to corruption and instead of finding solutions to end the culture of graft, it stops functioning," Mr Modi told the crowd, many waving party flags and wearing Modi face masks.
"India needs a dream team and not a dirty team in 2014 and people must decide that during the elections," he said in a speech lasting just over an hour.