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Modi to welcome back persecuted Indian-origin minorities

Published on May 9, 2014 1:34 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India election frontrunner Narendra Modi pledged Thursday to allow Indian-origin citizens of any foreign country to return if they felt persecuted, opening the door to migrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times Now channel, he also stated that there could be no talks with neighbouring Pakistan unless attacks on India ceased.

The Hindu nationalist also reiterated that he expected to head the most stable administration since 1984, when the rival Congress party won the last majority in parliament.

Asked to elaborate on remarks at the weekend about welcoming back Hindus from overseas, Modi said that India should be a sanctuary, even for those living abroad for "100-150 years".

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