Gandhinagar, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela today said credit for the BJP's emphatic win on 282 seats in the Lok Sabha elections goes to Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

'In 1984 it was two, now it is 282 and the credit for this goes to Narendrabhai,' Mr Vaghela said in his speech at a special Assembly session convened to extend greetings and farewell to Mr Modi, who will be sworn-in as India's 15th Prime Minister on May 26.

He said had the BJP asked votes in the name of the party it would not have won so many seats.

Mr Vaghela compared Mr Modi's political journey with that of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai.

He said the people have a lots of expectations from the BJP-led NDA that they will provide jobs opportunity, women reservation.

However, Mr Vaghela, who had joined the Congress in the 90s after leaving the BJP, took a dig on Mr Modi and the coming NDA Government.

He said Mr Modi should now work on all their promises as the NDA has a complete majority in the Lok Sabha.

The Congress leader said Mr Modi should effectively implement laws to curb cow killings for beef and also against illegal liquor business in the state.

'I hope within the framework of constitution there is a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya,' Mr Vaghela added.

He said the people of the country voted for Mr Modi with immense expectations and he will not be the PM of the BJP, but the PM of entire India.

Earlier in the House, Gujarat Law Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said Mr Modi's simplicity was inspiring.

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)