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According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporters, his overwhelming victory in India's general elections was a sweeping repudiation of everything for which the previous United Progressive Alliance government, led by the Indian National Congress, stood.Modi had previously derided the UPA's populist railway ministers for distorted policies that punished businesses, declaring in his election campaign that India's railways should be run more like China's, with increased government investment, including for bullet trains.Modi's government has adopted an even weaker stance on another unpopular but necessary decision: fuel-price increases. As with railway fares, the final decision was left up to Modi. And, instead of doing what was needed – even while blaming his predecessors – Modi postponed the decision until September.The Modi government has also adopted the UPA-proposed Goods and Services Tax, which had been stalled by opposition from BJP-ruled states (including Modi's Gujarat). And it will strengthen the national anti-terrorism effort, which Modi previously denounced as an assault on Indian federalism.Many Modi supporters in the media have already begun to decry the series of policy abdications Modi has conducted since his campaign.
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