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Challenges for Indian PM Narendra Modi: Economy and RCEP talks

Given big mandate, analysts say, there's no honeymoon period for Indian PM to fix issues

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), some wearing masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrating the decisive mandate won by their party on Thursday at the BJP office in Guwahati.
Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), some wearing masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrating the decisive mandate won by their party on Thursday at the BJP office in Guwahati.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi settles into another term in office, much more is expected of him than when he first romped home to power in 2014.

Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured an even more decisive mandate in the latest general election than in 2014, when it became the first single party in three decades to win a majority in the Lok Sabha or lower house of Parliament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2019, with the headline 'Challenges for Modi: Economy and RCEP talks'. Subscribe