Narendra Modi turns emotional during acceptance speech, says will try to live up to expectations

Advani said Modi was a "popular" and "famous" leader and he was happy to propose his name.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2014 3:18 pm

Narendra Modi was unanimously elected as the leader of BJP Parliamentary Party on Tuesday with the Prime Minister-designate saying the election result was a vote for “new hope and aspiration” and he would try his best to live up to the expectations of the people of the country.

During his acceptance speech, 63-year-old Modi broke down when he referred to L K Advani’s mention that he had done
favour to the party by taking up the responsibility.

“Can serving the mother be a favour? A son is only dedicated to serve the mother….The favour has been done by the party,” he said addressing the newly-elected MPs of the party in the historic Central Hall of Parliament.

His name was proposed by party patriarch L K Advani and supported by a number of leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari.

The election is an imporant formality before Modi approaches President Pranab Mukherjee for formation of his government.

Advani said Modi was a “popular” and “famous” leader and he was happy to propose his name. Joshi seconded the proposal
with a sense of “pride” and “joy”. Swaraj hoped that Modi will be a “famous” Prime Minister.

After the election, Modi said the recent election result had increased people’s faith in democracy and there is a “new hope” among people that this dispensation can fulfill their aspirations.

Committing his government to all sections of the society, particularly the youth, women and poor, he said, “I want to assure the people of the country that there is no need for pessimism going by the past bad experience…I am a very optimistic man and only an optimistic man can bring optimism in the country.”

“I will try to live up to expectations of people,” he said and promised to present report card to people in 2019.

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    Zen Bhatia
    May 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    Congratulations NAMO. Hope, you will keep the same big heart, compion, brotherhood, equality and among all humanity during your P. M.'s duty. A small request; it is too late but still time for you to clear the dark cloud hanging around you about your action or inaction during the Gujarat riots, and make it clear to 1.2 billion Indians among 150 million Muslims; that you surely feel pain of the victims and will never allowed such heinous thing happen under your watch AGAIN. Or it will be your choice to keep that cloud remain hanging for ever and haunting you day and night, and keep fearing 150 millions about YOU!!!
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    Rajayogan Palanichamy
    May 22, 2014 at 5:06 am
    Modi was denied a visa to USA! Now US President Call Modi as result of Indian peoples great democratic mandate! Modi's first request to the world should be UN Security Council Permanent Membership not less than that!
  3. R
    May 20, 2014 at 11:02 am
    realyy its a very happy moment that modi going to lead india as a new pm
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    Narender Mochi
    May 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm
    If he stays PM until 2019 which is very unlikely.
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    V Gupta
    May 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm
    Let the Modi Government be successful in improving the lives of the citizens, especially those who have been left behind.
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