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Indian-origin South Carolina Governor all praise for Modi's 'pro-business' attitude

Nov 20, 2014 08:02 AM IST India India

Mumbai: Indian-origin US Republican leader Nikki Haley is all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his approach to the country's economy.

In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, the South Carolina Governor said that she had adopted a similar project like PM's 'Make in India' campaign in her state.

"I had worked with PM Modi when he had come to New York and I was very impressed with his pro-business attitude back then and the reason was that we have done that in South Carolina. We reduced regulations and taxes, we focused on businesses, we got universities and training centres flexible for working towards businesses. Instead, the other way round, we see that in the South Carolina program. So to now say that PM Modi is doing that in India, to talk to him was one thing, to come here and feel it is very different," she said.

Haley is on a 10-day trip to India, which began from November 11. She and her delegation are scheduled to have as many as 90 meetings in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Mumbai and Chennai.

Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to Sikh immigrant parents, Haley started her India tour by visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar. The youngest sitting governor in the US, said, "The energy in India has got the optimism. the opportunities out there are very good. I am excited about what it means for India. I really think that this means great things."