A euphoric welcome

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 18 2014, 04:39am hrs
ModiPM-elect Narendra Modi waves to the crowds on his way to the BJP HQ from the airport, in New Delhi on Saturday PTI
After the landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi arrived in the national capital on Saturday to a rousing welcome by thousands of enthusiastic BJP workers and supporters to whom he gave credit for the historic achievement.

The Prime Minister-elect waved victory sign to the cheering crowds of supporters wearing saffron caps and waving BJP flags as he undertook a roadshow from Indira Gandhi International Airport to the party headquarters at Ashoka Road, a distance of about 16 kms. He was received at the airport by a number of senior BJP leaders, including party chief Rajnath Singh.

On reaching the BJP headquarters, he briefly addressed the supporters, saying he was thankful to them for rekindling new hope through their hard work. As a person, Modi requests all of you, dont give credit for this victory to Modi. It is a result of hard work of lakhs of workers. This victory belongs to those four-five generations who have toiled hard since 1952, he said.

The BJP parliamentary party will meet on May 20 to formally elect Narendra Modi as its leader, a formality before his anointment as Prime Minister. This was decided at a meeting of the Parliamentary Board, chaired by Rajnath Singh and attended by Modi, LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj and other top leaders.

In a brief address to the media, Rajnath Singh said the NDA allies will also be invited for a meeting on the same day. He also said no date has been fixed for swearing-in of Modi as the Prime Minister. It will be decided after the parliamentary party meeting.