The newly elected MPs of the ruling National Democratic Alliance met in New Delhi today and elected Narendra Modi as their leader.
After the meet, PM Modi is likely to meet President Ram Nath Kovind around 8 pm and stake claim to form government. Ahead of addressing the gathering, Narendra Modi bowed before the constitution before at the NDA parliamentary meeting.
“You all deserve greetings but those elected for the first time deserve an even bigger one. I offer all of you my greetings,” Modi said at the parliamentary meeting. He also said that the BJP chose me unanimously as the leader of the parliamentary party and all the NDA parties supported it and he is thankful for it.
He said people have accepted because of their ‘seva bhav’. He encouraged that one has to prepare oneself to be always ready to help people even when they move through the lanes of politics and power.
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were also present at the NDA parliamentary meeting. One by one, leaders of the National Democratic Alliance or NDA spoke in the central hall and supported the move to elect PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal proposed Narendra Modi’s name as the leader of NDA Parliamentary Party. JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray endorsed the proposal.
BJP president Amit Shah said, “I thank all the allies and the MPs who have unanimously chosen NDA’s leader Narendra Modi as the new Prime Minister of the country.””Modi is elected the leader of the parliamentary party of 353 MPs unanimously,” Shah announced after the election as Modi acknowledged the support and cheers from MPs.
Addressing the members of NDA, Shah said, “22 crore people whose living standards have improved have blessed PM Modi. Everyone believed that Modi government would return with a clear majority. The nation has blessed us from all corners of the country. Surgical strikes showed us that there is a leader who can hit the terrorists back.” Praising PM Modi, Shah added that he worked for 18 hours a day and did not take a single off.