New Delhi, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

It was a memorable day for the BJP and Narendra Modi as the charismatic leader, who rising from a humble background led the party to a magnificent victory in the Lok Sabha elections, was today appointed as Prime Minister of the country.

Mr Modi, the 15th person to hold the top post, will be sworn in at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 1800 hrs on May 26.

Earlier, he was elected as BJP Parliamentary Party leader in the historic Central Hall of Parliament that has witnessed many epoch making events since it was built in 1927. He was later also elected as Leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

After his unanimous election, Mr Modi along with senior leaders called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan to stake claim to form the new government, and the latter formally invited him to do so.

'As Mr Narendra Modi has been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party and the BJP has the majority support in the House of the People, the President appointed Mr Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India and requested him to advise the names of others to be appointed Members of the Council of Ministers.

'The President will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy on May 26, 2014 at 1800 hrs at Rashtrapati Bhavan,'' a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique stated.

In his acceptance speech at Central Hall, Mr Modi sent out a loud and clear message that his government would be representative of all the sections of the country, especially the poor, women and youth, and he would not let down millions of those who had entrusted him with the great responsibility.

Going to be the first Prime Minister who was born in free

India, 63-year-old Modi said though he was not fortunate enough to participate in the struggle for the freedom of the nation, he had now been given an opportunity to serve the motherland.

Bowing before the steps leading to Parliament House, Mr Modi paid his obesiance to the temple of democracy.

All smiles, Mr Modi, dressed in a cream-coloured jacket, entered the jam-packed Central Hall, for the first time in his life.

As soon as the BJP president and today's electoral officer Rajnath Singh requested veteran leader LK Advani to propose the name for party leader, jubilation broke out among participants, mostly newly-elected MPs.

To a standing ovation, Mr Modi's election was announced amid chants of 'Bharat Mata ki jai' .

Mr Rajnath Singh said, This is a historic moment in Indian politics.

Mr Murli Manohar Joshi seconded the proposal. Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari also supported the proposal to elect Modi.

Mr Advani, who embraced Mr Modi after he was chosen as the leader of BJP parliamentary party, got emotional as he greeted the Gujarat strongman.

Mr Modi thanked voters and addressed the gathering. He said had former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee been here, this would have become 'sone pein suhaga' (nothing more one could ask for). He also saluted the authors of Constitution for giving the country a polity that had it possible for a person from a humble background like him to reach this pedestal.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)