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Today in pics: Narendra Modi resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister

Narendra Modi fought back tears again as he wished Gujarat to "surge ahead".

Narendra Modi fought back tears again as he wished Gujarat to "surge ahead" after his departure from the state and sought forgiveness if he had done "anything wrong".
Prime Minister-elect and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is presented a shawl by senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela during the special session of the state Assembly in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. The special session of the Assembly was called to bid farewell to Modi. (Source: PTI)

Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal presents a bouquet to Prime Minister-elect and outgoing Chief Minister Narendra Modi after the latter submitted his resignation in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister-elect and outgoing Chief Minister Narendra Modi submits his resignation letter to Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister-elect and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Speaker Vaju Vala during the special session of the state Assembly in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

A conspiracy had been hatched to harm Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, the NIA claimed on Wednesday, saying it has cracked last year's Patna serial blasts case with the arrest of four persons including a juvenile allegedly having association with banned terror groups like SIMI and Indian Mujhaideen.
Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Tehseen Akhthar being escorted by National Investigative Agency (NIA) officials before leaving for New Delhi, in Ranchi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Terming it as a "big success", NIA Director General Sharad Kumar told reporters at a hurriedly called press conference that "definitely the conspiracy among these people was to harm Modiji. The people whom we have arrested earlier in the Patna blast case had said that they had done a recce for Modi's rallies and went there to see how to get near him.
Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Tehseen Akhthar being escorted by National Investigative Agency (NIA) officials before leaving for New Delhi, in Ranchi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

After steering the BJD to a landslide victory in Assembly elections, Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday took oath as Odisha Chief Minister for a record fourth consecutive term.
Naveen Patnaik is sworn-in as Chief Minister of Odisha by the Governor SC Jamir during a ceremony at Rajbhawan in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Also sworn in were 21 ministers, including eight fresh faces as five members of the previous ministry were dropped.
Naveen Patnaik is sworn-in as Chief Minister of Odisha by the Governor SC Jamir during a ceremony at Rajbhawan in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)