Modi pitches himself as 'watchman' to win votes

As election fever builds up, a shopkeeper in New Delhi shows a T-shirt with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi printed on it.
As election fever builds up, a shopkeeper in New Delhi shows a T-shirt with a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi printed on it.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

After his successful 2014 polls pitch as a tea seller, message now is that Indian PM is keeping close watch on corruption

In the 2014 election campaign, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fired up voters by highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's humble origins as a tea seller.

The BJP seized on the idea after Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said dismissively that Mr Modi could be a tea seller but not the prime minister, giving the BJP a theme to anchor its campaign.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Modi pitches himself as 'watchman' to win votes'. Print Edition | Subscribe