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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 18/05/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Indians in Muscat have reacted in different ways to India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeping the general elections and Narendra Modi being the new prime minister-designate. Reactions have ranged from hope to happiness.

Arvind Toprani, president of Muscat Gujarati Samaj said he was sure Modi would do the best for India.

''He has done tremendous development work in the Kutch region to which I belong. Unlike earlier, the place now has 24 hour water and electricity supply. Gujarat's tourism has seen a major boost. I am sure Modi will work in the same manner for India as well,'' Toprani said.

Businessmen are expecting more investment avenues opening up and relaxations in tax rules.

Thasleem Khan, CEO and managing partner of Intelligent Parking and Elevator Company hoped that the new government keeps the promises made during the election campaign.

''Modi should inspire us on the national and international arena. I hope he encourages more NRIs (non-resident Indians) to invest in India and eases regulations. I hope corruption levels fall and economic disparity narrows,'' Khan said.

It is being hoped that the new government does not implement the proposed 89-day tax rule.

P Chandrasekhar, group general manager of Jawad Sultan Group said, ''We hope the government doesn't implement the tax rule f overseas Indians. There are many who stay in India for over 89 days for personal or work reasons. This rule will be unfair to them.''

He said despite the controversies surrounding Modi, there will be communal peace in the country and good ties with neighbours. ''Ambitious projects like the river linking project is highly commendable. I am sure this will be implemented at the earliest. Also the General Anti-Avoidance Rules must not be implemented with retrospective effect and BJP old guard should not be ignored looking at their experience,'' Chandrasekhar said.

Aparna Shree, an artist living in Al Khuwayr said, ''We want a corruption-free India, and free education and healthcare for the poor. Rights and safety of women must be one of the top priorities of the new government. There should be no caste-based reservation quota for education and jobs.''

Calling BJP's clean sweep a victory a phenomenal achievement by Modi, she added, ''Our good wishes are with him and we all hope to see India as a developed country very soon.''

Laxman, who works in a local restaurant, said he expected airline fares to come down and taxes on essential commodities and medicines are reduced.

Jagjit Singh, an automobile expert and businessman in Muscat said, ''I always looked up to the Aam Aadmi Party, but it lost. I don't have much hope in the Modi gove


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