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May 26, 2014

Secret service to end rural anonymity for Indian PM’s wife

BRAHMANVADA India (Reuters) – India is preparing to give top-level security to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife deep in a village in their native state, a move that threatens to upend the quiet life she has lived since the couple separated as teenagers about 45 years ago.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, a retired primary school teacher, has been thrown into the national spotlight since Modi, after years of silence, disclosed his marriage in an election filing last month.

May 26, 2014

Secret service to end rural anonymity for Modi’s wife

BRAHMANVADA India (Reuters) – India is preparing to give top-level security to Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s wife deep in a village in their native state, a move that threatens to upend the quiet life she has lived since the couple separated as teenagers about 45 years ago.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, a retired primary school teacher, has been thrown into the national spotlight since Modi, after years of silence, disclosed his marriage in an election filing last month.

May 26, 2014

Secret service to end rural anonymity for India’s new first lady

BRAHMANVADA, India, May 26 (Reuters) – India is preparing to
give top-level security to Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s
wife deep in a village in their native state, a move that
threatens to upend the quiet life she has lived since the couple
separated as teenagers about 45 years ago.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, a retired primary school teacher, has
been thrown into the national spotlight since Modi, after years
of silence, disclosed his marriage in an election filing last
month.

May 19, 2014

India’s defeated Congress party rejects Gandhi resignation offer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul on Monday offered to step down as leaders of India’s Congress party after it suffered its worst ever election defeat, but in a bid to snuff out dissent against the country’s leading political dynasty, party bosses declined.

Congress, which has ruled India for most of its 67 years of independence including the last decade, is reeling from a humiliating reverse to bitter rival Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

May 19, 2014

Congress closes ranks behind Gandhis after poll rout

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Congress party was preparing to rally around the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty on Monday to snuff out possible dissent after it suffered its most humiliating defeat in an election.

Both party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and heir apparent, Rahul, have accepted responsibility for the loss. Ahead of a top-level meeting, party sources said there was no question of either resigning their posts.

May 19, 2014

India’s Congress closes ranks behind Gandhis after poll rout

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Congress party was preparing to rally around the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty on Monday to snuff out possible dissent after it suffered its most humiliating defeat in an election.

Both party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and heir apparent, Rahul, have accepted responsibility for the loss. Ahead of a top-level meeting, party sources said there was no question of either resigning their posts.

May 16, 2014

Prime minister-elect Modi makes magnanimous maiden speech

VADODARA India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi said on Friday he would work for the good of all Indians in his maiden address as the country’s prime minister-elect, hours after his opposition party scored a resounding general election win.

The dramatic victory by Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the first time a single party has won a majority in the parliament for three decades.

May 16, 2014

India’s prime minister-elect Modi makes magnanimous maiden speech

VADODARA, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi said on Friday he would work for the good of all Indians in his maiden address as the country’s prime minister-elect, hours after his opposition party scored a resounding general election win.

The dramatic victory by Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the first time a single party has won a majority in India’s parliament for three decades.

May 16, 2014

Newsmaker: Modi faces mammoth task to meet India’s soaring expectations

GANDHINAGAR (Reuters) – About a year ago Narendra Modi sat down with some of India’s best and brightest to mount a “shock and awe” election campaign that a strategist likened to a one-sided U.S. military operation against Saddam Hussein’s forces in the Gulf.

From an unmarked office in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, the young men and women, some on sabbaticals from firms like JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, worked on turning a fragmented parliamentary election involving 543 seats into a presidential-style referendum on candidate Modi.

May 16, 2014

Modi faces mammoth task to meet India’s soaring expectations

GANDHINAGAR, India (Reuters) – About a year ago Narendra Modi sat down with some of India’s best and brightest to mount a “shock and awe” election campaign that a strategist likened to a one-sided U.S. military operation against Saddam Hussein’s forces in the Gulf.

From an unmarked office in Gandhinagar, the capital of Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the young men and women, some on sabbaticals from firms like JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, worked on turning a fragmented parliamentary election involving 543 seats into a presidential-style referendum on candidate Modi.