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BJP parliamentary party leader election on May 20


BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi gestures towards his supporters from his car during a road show upon his arrival at the airport in New Delhi. Photo – Reuters

New Delhi: After steering his party to power, Narendra Modi will be formally elected as the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary Party at its meeting here on May 20 ahead of taking oath as Prime Minister.

The decision to convene a meeting of the Parliamentary Party was taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body of the party chaired by its chief Rajnath Singh and attended by Modi, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and other top leaders.

The Parliamentary Board also passed a unanimous resolution that hailed the people's verdict in favour of the party and promised to put the country's economy on a growth track while providing a government in accordance with highest standards of probity.

It also appreciated  the "inspirational" and "visionary" leadership provided by Narendra Modi while leading the party's campaign aggressively and the efforts put in by its workers and leaders.

Rousing welcome
Modi, who arrived in the capital a day after Lok Sabha poll results, was accorded a rousing welcome by thousands of enthusiastic BJP workers and supporters to whom he gave credit for the historic achievement and thanked them for rekindling "new hope" through their hard work.

In a brief address to the media, Rajnath Singh said the NDA allies will also be invited for a meeting on the same day where the leader of the coalition will also be chosen.  He dismissed media speculation about Modi's swearing-in saying no date has been fixed and it will be decided after the Parliamentary Party meeting.Addressing the media briefly, Modi said he salutes the people of the country and thanked the voters for electing BJP. 

Rajnath said, "The BJP Parliamentary Party will meet at 12 noon on May 20 to elect their leader. No need to tell who will be elected."  He was addressing the media along with Modi, Advani and other top leaders after a meeting of Parliamentary Board.

"The people of India have spoken and spoken decisively.  For the first time since Independence, a non-Congress political party has got a majority on its own. The NDA has got an overwhelming mandate to govern.  "India needs a government which is effectively led, and which can put the country's economy on a growth track, makes it secure and provides a government in accordance with the highest standard of probity," the resolution also said. 

Rajnath announced that party leader Thawarchand Gehlot was elected as observer for the May 20 meeting where Modi will be formally elected.

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