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PM Narendra Modi’s political life — in photos

Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 68. Born on September 17, 1950 in Vadnagar (Gujarat), PM Modi has been widely credited with being at the helm of the largest non-Congress government at the Centre since Independence

It was at the age of eight, that Modi began attending Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSStraining sessions. During one of these sessions, he met Lakshmanrao Inamdar, also known as Vakil Saheb, who inducted him as RSS junior cadet and became his political mentor. (Express archive photo)

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In 1988, Modi was elected as the organising secretary of the party's Gujarat unit, marking his entrance into the electoral politics. He rose within the party by helping L. K. Advani organise Ayodhya Rath Yatra in 1990 and Murli Manohar Joshi's Ekta Yatra in 1991-92. In Pic: Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, former Himachal Pradesh CM Shanta Kumar and Narendra Modi during a rally at the Swarn Jayanti Rath Yatra on July 8, 1997. (Express archive photo)

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PM Modi was the CM of Gujarat for over a decade, after having taken over the reigns from his predecessor, Keshubhai Patel in 2001. Since then, he led his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, to score three consecutive electoral victories in Gujarat. In Pic: Balasaheb Thackeray with Narendra Modi in Mumbai. (Express archive photo)

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Godhra train burning case is widely viewed as a blot on the Modi regime for its alleged bias in reining in the violence, The chief minister was given a clean chit by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigative Team (SIT). In pic: Narendra Modi with former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Express archive photo)

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In 2014, Narendra Modi-led BJP government swept to power, decimating the Congress leaving it with only 44 seats in Parliament. In Pic: Modi flashing a victory sign as he casts his vote during the first phase of the 14th Lok Sabha election in Ahmedabad. (Express archive photo)

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The results were declared on May 16 and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had emerged victorious, winning 336 out of 543 seats. BJP and its allies formed the government at the centre. In Pic: Narendra Modi is blessed by his mother Hiraba at her residence in Gandhinagar. (Express photo by Javed Raja)

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Modi took the oath of office on May 26, 2014, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior leaders of the SAARC countries among other dignitaries. In Pic: Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif greet each other during the oath-taking ceremony of the BJP-led government in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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Former US President Barack Obama was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2015, and became the first US President to grace the occasion. In Pic: US President Barack Obama and PM Narendra Modi talk over refreshments in the gardens of Hyderabad House in New Delhi January 25, 2015. Obama was visiting India for three days to attend Republic Day celebrations and meet the Indian leaders. (Source: Reuters)

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Modi had on October 2, 2014, picked up a broom to launch the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Campaign to promote sanitation. The Clean India Mission is one of the most widely promoted programmes of the Modi-led NDA government. In Pic: Narendra Modi greets schoolchildren as he undertakes a cleanliness drive under 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' campaign in the premises of Baba Sahib Ambedkar Higher Secondary School at Paharganj in New Delhi as his pet ‘Clean India’ campaign completed three years in 2018. (Source: PTI)

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Setting the tone for the Lok Sabha elections next year and upcoming assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi coined a new term, ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal Bhajpa’ in his valedictory speech at the BJP national executive meet in New Delhi. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)

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