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Tracking Narendra Modi: A timeline

Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 14, 2013
First Published: 02:25 IST(14/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:28 IST(14/9/2013)

September 17, 1950: Narendra Damodardas Modi is born in Vadnagar, 100km north of Ahmedabad. Attends schools in Vadnagar and Ahmedabd. As a teenager, he joins his uncle in Ahmedabad and works at his tea stall


 
Mid-1960s: Modi joins RSS. Walks out of his marriage and starts living at the RSS headquarters in Maninagar
 
1987: Joins BJP, which was struggling to get a foothold in the Ahmedabad following the riots of 1986. Modi guides the party to its first victory in the civic body polls
 
1990: BJP appoints him as general secretary of the state unit. Modi travels extensively across the state besides playing a crucial role in LK Advani's Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya
 
1995: BJP wins the first assembly polls in Gujarat. Keshubhai Patel takes oath as CM, but within six months senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela rebels and splits the party
 
1998: Mid-term assembly polls held and BJP comes back to power. Keshubhai anointed as CM again. But 'banishes' Modi from Gujarat to New Delhi for "engineering" the rift between the Keshubhai and Vaghela. Modi made organising secretary of all India BJP
 
2001: Modi succeeds in persuading the central leadership to replace Keshubhai and gets his big break, appointed as CM
 
2002: Riots break out after Hindu pilgrims die in a train fire in Godhra town. At least 1,200 people, mainly Muslims, killed. The then prime minister A B Vajpayee publicly reprimands Modi and suggests to sack him in the national executive of the BJP held in Goa, but Advani and Arun Jaitley save his chair. Modi leads BJP to a thumping victory in the assembly polls.
 
2004: The Supreme Court raps the Modi administration, transferring the Best Bakery case to Mumbai while reopening other 2,000 riots cases, which the Gujarat police had closed citing lack of evidence
 
2005: The US snubs Modi, denies visa to visit the country

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2007: Modi again leads BJP to a thumping victory in the assembly polls held in December
 
2008: Earns accolades for a business-friendly regime after getting the Tata Nano car project relocated to Gujarat from West Bengal
 
2009: Supreme Court asks the special investigation team (SIT) to examine the role of Modi and others in the Gulbarg society massacre case in which a former Congress MP was among 69 persons killed
 
2010: SIT grills Modi regarding his alleged involvement in the riots. CBI arrests his most trusted aide and junior home minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case 
 
2011: The SIT gives clean chit, while amicus curiae Raju Ramchandran recommends Modi's prosecution. Modi undertakes Sadbhavna fast to promote harmony in the state
 
2012: UK decides to end boycott of Modi. The European Union follows the UK. BJP registers third consecutive victory at the state Assembly polls under Modi
 
June 2013: BJP appoints Modi as party's campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls
 
July 2013: CBI report says Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake, Modi was allegedly aware of the fake encounter in which four people were killed.
September 2013: BJP declares Modi as prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls amid stiff opposition from BJP patriarch LK Advani, who was a mentor of Modi for decades


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