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Modi to take charge on May 26: My govt will be for poor, youth, women

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Narendra Modi bows down at the steps of Parliament House, before the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday. Reuters Narendra Modi bows down at the steps of Parliament House, before the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday. (Reuters)

President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister after BJP president Rajnath Singh handed over the letter of support from 335 Lok Sabha members of the NDA. Modi will take oath as the Prime Minister on May 26.

The developments capped a day that witnessed dramatic scenes, with Modi choking with emotion during a speech to newly elected party MPs and party patriarch L K Advani hailing Modi for the “historic” victory in the elections.

Around noon, the BJP parliamentary party met at the Central Hall of Parliament and elected Modi as their leader. This was followed by leaders of NDA allies announcing their support to Modi. A delegation of senior BJP and NDA leaders, led by Rajnath Singh, then called on the President.

Subsequently, Modi reached Rashtrapati Bhawan through gate number 3, which is earmarked by protocol for the Prime Minister, Vice-President, Lok Sabha Speaker and Chief Justice of India, and met President Mukherjee.

During his speech to the BJP MPs in the Central Hall, Modi turned emotional when he referred to the absence of ailing senior party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said, “Had Atalji been in good health, he would have been here. It would have been the icing on the cake (sone pe suhaga).”

He then broke down as he referred to Advani’s speech, in which he said it was because of “Narendrabhai ki kripa” that the saffron parivar had achieved a clear majority in Lok Sabha. “Advaniji ne kaha ki Narendrabhai ki kripa hai. Kripa karke kripa ki baat na karein (Advaniji said Narendrabhai has done us a favour. Please don’t use the word kripa),” Modi said before breaking down in the middle of his speech. Rajnath Singh offered him a handkerchief.

Advani had made the reference while proposing Modi’s name as the BJP parliamentary party leader. He compared the BJP’s victory with historic feats like Independence and the opposition’s victory over Congress after the Emergency.

Continuing his emotional speech, Modi said, “Kya maa ki seva kabhi kirpa ho sakti hai? Katai nahin ho sakti hai. Jaise Bharat meri maa hai waise hi BJP bhi meri maa hai. Aur is liye beta kabhi maa par kirpa nahin karta, sirf samarpit bhav se maa ki sewa karta hai. (Can a son do any favour by serving the mother? Not at all. Like India, BJP is also my mother. A son never does any favour. He only serves the mother).”

He offered glowing tributes to generations of workers of the Jan Sangh and BJP and suggested that his achievement was built on the foundations laid by them and with the support from senior party leaders. “No words will be enough to express my gratitude to the hard work towards furthering nationalist thought by five continued…

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