Modi's tryst with Parliament a Monday Blockbuster
Narendra Modis tryst with Parliament today was a Monday blockbuster. And it was a truly Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) as he bowed his head at the entrance to temple of democracy.
He swayed the newly elected lawmakers of the BJP and its allies and the audience glued to the live telecast with an emotional pitch that was unheard in the past several decades at the historic Central Hall of Parliament, which reverberated to the cries of Bharatmata ki jai, and gave him a standing ovation.
As the BJP Parliamentary Party first and then the NDA lawmakers formally elected him as their leader, the iron man from Gujarat broke down for a moment and brought tears to everyone saying 'I have done my duty, no favour' by taking the BJP to dizzy heights in the Battle 2014.
In a speech which many BJP and NDA leaders said reminded them of Jawaharlal Nehrus immortal 'Tryst with Destiny', and Lal Bahadur Shastris unforgetful assertion at the time of 1965 war ' force will be met with force', Modi left many eyes moist with his remark: 'Like the Bharatmata, my party is my mother. Can a son do a favour to his mother' and the observation 'You will not feel let down. You will never get an opportunity to look down on what my government will do'. .
Describing 2014 vote as a positive verdict for 'new hope and aspiration', he dedicated his government to the poor and the common man saying 'I believe a government is one which thinks of the poor, listens to the poor and lives for the poor'.
Marking the tectonic shift in the BJP and the national politics, party patriarch L K Advani proposed the name of the 63-year-old Gujarat Chief Minister for the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party.
Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, and several other veterans seconded the name and the BJP president Rajnath Singh, who was also the returning officer for the election, declared Modi duly elected to a standing ovation.
The Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, TDP and 23 other allies who fought the election as NDA went through similar motions at the same venue and a 16-member delegation conveyed the election to President Pranab Mukherjee.
In a marked departure from the electoral rhetoric and the usual partisan politics common on occasions of electoral euphoria, Modi did not indulge in the game of running down earlier governments.
Instead, he said, 'Various governments tried to do some good work in their own way for which they deserve appreciation' and added 'Whatever good has happened, we will carry it forward'.
(Posted on 21-05-2014)