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India's Modi says 'no honeymoon' after one month as PM

Published on Jun 27, 2014 1:20 AM
Indian activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxists (CPI-M) holding placards and an effigy representing Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their protest against the price hike in railway fares, in Hyderabad on June 21, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he had not had the luxury of a "honeymoon period" since his government took charge a month ago.

Mr Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a series of setbacks since coming to power, including accusations of failing to act on widespread sexual violence, protests over train fare hikes, and clashes with regional parties over the official language of government communication.

"Previous governments had the luxury of extending this 'honeymoon period' up to a hundred days and even beyond. Not unexpectedly I don't have any such luxury," the 63-year-old former tea boy wrote in a blog on his official website on Thursday after completing exactly one month in office.

"Forget 100 days, the series of allegations began in less than a hundred hours. But when one is working with the sole aim of serving the nation determinedly, these things do not matter," he wrote in the post.

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