Gandhinagar, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi today said Gujarat will move ahead on the path of development even as he is going for a new responsibIlity at the Centre.

In an emotional farewell speech in the Assembly during a special session, Mr Modi, a four-time Chief Minister, said the people of the state will obviously have the first right over him.

But, he said he will work for development of every state and every section of the society.

'Everybody is asking what is Gujarat model? This occasion is the Gujarat model,' he said referring to the wishes of the House where the members, cutting across party lines, greeted Mr Modi, who, for them, has made the state proud by becoming the second Gujarati to adorn the top job after Morarji Desai.

Mr Modi said in this sacred House all members came together and debated to do good things for welfare of the people.

He thanked the Opposition members especially Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela for their support in the House.

Mr Modi, an MLA from Maninagar in Ahmedabad, said a system was made in the House during his regime as the CM where the CAG reports were debated for welfare of the common man and not used only for politics formality.

Mr Modi further said efforts were made during the last 12 years to strengthen the institutes.

'I don't believe in individual-centric system. We created long lasting institutes,' he said.

'Modi's success is not if development has taken place in Gujarat. My success will be when Gujarat will move ahead on the path of development even in my absence. I have full confidence on members of this House,' he said.

Thanking Leader of the Opposition for his best wishes, Mr Modi said Mr Vaghela, who had joined the Congress after leaving the BJP, can say proudly that the country's Prime Minister used to go with him on his motorcycle.

Mr Modi said there were several problems before the nation but there were solutions too . He said he learnt everything in the House. 'If I committed any mistake, I am confident that you will forgive me,' he said in an emotional mood.

The Prime Minister-designate received a rousing welcome by the Gujarat Assembly members.

The outgoing Chief Minister will be sworn-in as India's 15th Prime Minister on May 26.

The MLAs, cutting across party lines, extended greetings to Mr Modi.

The environment in the House got emotional when Mr Vaghela hugged Mr Modi. He also presented a shawl to the PM-designate. Mr Modi's close aide Amit Shah, Revenue Minister Anandi Patel and Finance Minister Nitin Patel lauded Mr Modi saying that he will provide the country a 'Bharat model' of development similar to his 'Gujarat model'.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)