Here's the timeline of Modi's rise to power:
A pracharak for the RSS, Narendra Modi was the first general secretary of BJP in Ahmedabad.
Elevated as organizing secretary of BJP in Gujarat, after the party’s victory in elections to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
When BJP formed its first government in Gujarat, he emerged a key aide of chief minister Keshubhai Pate. Modi allegedly heightened the rift between Keshubhai and party stalwart Shankersinh Vaghela, who later walked out of the party to join Congress.
Vaghela’s defection precipitated political crisis, forcing mid-term elections. BJP won, but Modi was shifted out of the state for falling out with Keshubhai. Modi came to New Delhi to take charge as general secretary of national BJP and subsequently got elevated as organizing secretary of the party.
Keshubhai’s government had become unpopular for the mishandling reconstruction work in the disastrous Gujarat earthquake of 2000. Modi cashed in to return, to replace Keshubhai as the new CM
Gujarat witnessed widespread Hindu-Muslim riots following the burning of a train that was carrying kar sevaks from Ayodhya. At least 58 of them died. The riots, triggered by the incident, killed at least 2,000 people, mostly Muslims and left the state communally polarized. Modi was accused of deliberately not doing enough to stop the violence.
The saffron leader won a landslide victory, capturing 127 seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly – a record for BJP.
Modi wins a second term, riding on the back a national economic boom that immensely benefited Gujarat and lifted its business profile across India and abroad. Modi came to be known as a man who could deliver on development front.
Modi becomes the first to win a third term as chief minister of Gujarat. The victory, as expected, has since made a front runner for a prime ministerial nomination in the event the BJP-led National democratic Alliance wins the national elections scheduled next year.