India's Modi seeks humble, tolerant new image after poll rout

February 20, 2015 6:20 AM

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India's Modi seeks humble, tolerant new image after poll rout

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - It's out with the flashy suit, in with religious tolerance for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to soften his image after an electoral pounding in New Delhi and grumblings in his party about his top-down leadership style.

Abruptly ending a string of national and regional election victories, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was thrashed in the capital this month, a defeat many blamed on a perception that Modi was tacitly fanning Hindu extremists.

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