IN what is being considered as his last day in office as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi went about his usual duties in the CMO’s office, surrounded by some of his most trusted officers.
While he was in constant touch with his senior party leaders, who went through several rounds of talks in Delhi, Modi, who has been the Chief Minister for 12 years and seven months, came to his office as usual at Swarnim-Sankul-I at Sardar Patel Secretariat in Gandhinagar, and went about his day as he always did.
Thursday’s mood in office was like a carry-forward of Wednesday, when he had chaired a Cabinet meeting, which turned into a sort of emotional farewell for him by his colleagues.
Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office said that after going through some files in the morning, he presided over the launch of an Android application, developed by the General Administration Department. Named “Jobs in Gujarat Government”, this mobile application provides a time-table and other required details of government jobs that would be put up for grabs in the next 10 months.
Accompanied by GAD senior officials, Modi checked the details of the application. Modi, in an official release, said, “The application gives the time table and details of the posts that the Gujarat government will offer in the next 10 years. So youth from anywhere can plan in advance for the profile of their interest.”
The launch was also turned into an occasion for him to be around some of his most trusted team members, including Chief Principal Secretary in CMO K Kailasnathan, Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha and and GAD Principal Secretary K Srinivas. Sources maintained that Modi was largely at the CMO on Thursday.