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MUMBAI: Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday unveiled his economic roadmap for the country. In an exclusive interview with India’s number one business channel CNBC Awaaz Modi claimed that the NDA government would be pro-people and in favour of India’s business interest. In a candid and comprehensive conversation with CNBC Awaaz Editor- in –Chief,  Sanjay Pugalia , the Gujarat Chief Minister also stated that there was a need to review FDI with a completely different perspective.   (http://youtu.be/NlEQd8B15jg)

“We have to protect the manufacturing sector of India. If we are unable to protect manufacturing sector and small scale industries then our youth’s future will be destroyed,” he told CNBC Awaaz. However, he maintained that a government cannot show signs of improvement just in a few days and appealed for a full term for a BJP-led government. Modi also made it very clear in the interview that his government will not reduce or discontinue subsidies.

The BJP leader also refuted the allegations of crony capitalism by saying that all his relations with corporate leaders are over the table and in full public view, because he has nothing to hide unlike leaders of other political parties. Assuring that he will never indulge in divisive politics, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that India has been ruled by pseudo secularism for way too long.”I will never engage in divisive politics even if it means that I lose the elections. The country has been divided in the name of secularism. We are all fellow citizens and that is my firm belief. I have succeeded in Gujarat and I will succeed in India,” he said.

He also maintained that he will not make a separate vote appeal to the Muslim community but will ask for votes from ‘fellow Indians’. “I will never commit the sin of appealing to one community. I will not say anything to Hindus or Muslims. I will only appeal to my fellow Indians. They will then decide,” he said.

For the first time during this election campaign, Modi spoke candidly and vividly on his economic agenda if he gets the coveted position of power. Explaining his vision of a PM CM team Modi said that the Centre must think like a team leader, where the team will include the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers, adding that it is not difficult to learn to be a team player, but commitment is must. Promoting team work, Modi said there’s a need to bring both experience and energy together for good work. Modi said the party will focus on bringing people out of poverty line and also that In a democratic set up, it is important that political parties face the pressure of performance, which will inspire them to do good work. He sees Railways playing an important role in becoming the link between development of Centre and States, though he thinks that technology upgradation is needed in the sector. Supporting the single-window clearance for ministerial restructuring, Modi said the decisions should be professional and not political, including privatization of PSUs.

On Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation, Modi said BJP has always supported it but the success of GST depends on strengthening the IT network. He feels the Centre should take states into confidence over the discussion on process of GST. On diplomatic ties, Modi said the parameters of diplomacy have changed post globalisation era. He thinks today the country needs to work on trade, commerce and technology with other nations, including US. Taking a tough stance against tainted MLAs, Modi said he will consider providing the list of their names to Supreme Court. Modi thinks the media should increase its capability and take more responsibility.