Narendra Modi takes oath as Gujarat CM
Narendra Modi took oath as Gujarat chief minister for the fourth time at the Sardar Patel Stadium here on Wednesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by him won the assembly polls with a thumping mandate.
Gujarat Governor Dr. Kamla Beniwal administered him the oath of office and secrecy.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, Shiv Sena's executive president Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal's Parkash Singh Badal were present at the swearing-in ceremony. Top BJP leaders, including party chief Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, also attended.
There was be no representatives of the JD(U) since Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's dislike for Modi is well-known.
The swearing-in of Modi also was shown live on the website of the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Modi's latest victory, which is seen as his step towards being BJP's prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections, has drawn strong reactions from many quarters.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said she would do all she could to stop Modi from becoming Prime Minister.
Slamming Modi for strengthening "communal forces", she said the BSP would never support the BJP for making Modi the Prime Minister.
This is Modi's fourth term as chief minister and third consecutive win.
Living up to all expectations and beating all hurdles, Modi won a sweeping victory in Gujarat with the BJP bagging 116 of the 182 seats while Congress followed as a distant second with 60 seats, a performance poorer than its last show in 2007 though it increased the tally by one seat. Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) formed by BJP deserter and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel got only two seats.