India sets date to swear in Narendra Modi as new PM

India sets date to swear in Narendra Modi as new PM

India sets date to swear in Narendra Modi as new PM

Written by Staff Writer

20 May, 2014 | 9:37 pm

Narendra Modi will take the oath as India’s new prime minister on 26 May, his BJP party has announced.

On Tuesday, he met President Pranab Mukherjee and formally claimed his right to form the government after his party’s landslide win in the election.

Earlier, BJP MPs elected Mr Modi the leader of the parliamentary party.

In a very emotional speech to them, Mr Modi fought back tears and promised to lead a government dedicated to the poor and to young people.

On arrival at the parliament house to attend the meeting with the newly-elected BJP MPs and their allies, Mr Modi bowed and kissed the steps of the building.

His name was proposed by senior BJP leader LK Advani to lead the party and seconded by several senior leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Mr Modi broke down while referring to his former mentor Mr Advani and promised to serve the BJP and India as his “mother”.

In his speech to the party MPs, Mr Modi said the “common man has got renewed self-confidence and faith in democracy” after his party’s victory last week.

“For rural areas, farmers, dalits [formerly Untouchables], the weak and the pained, this government is for them. To meet their aspirations and hopes, this is our responsibility because our weakest and poorest have sent us here,” he added.

-BBC

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