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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

BJP parliamentary board meet on May 20

Agencies  New Delhi, May 17, 2014
First Published: 15:54 IST(17/5/2014) | Last Updated: 17:44 IST(17/5/2014)

The Bharatiya Janata Party's parliamentary board will meet on May 20 to formally elect Narendra Modi as its leader, a formality before his anointment as the country's Prime Minister.

This was decided at the meeting of the parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body of the party, chaired by BJP chief Rajnath Singh and attended by Modi, LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and other top leaders.

"There is no need to tell who will be elected," Singh said.

In a brief address to the media, Singh said allies of the National Democratic Alliance will also be invited for a meeting on the same day.

Dismissing media speculation, he said no date has been fixed for swearing-in of Modi as the Prime Minister. It will be decided after the parliamentary board meeting.

Singh was addressing the media along with Modi, Advani and other top leaders after over one-hour meeting of the parliamentary board which adopted a resolution applauding the stewardship of its prime ministerial candidate for his "tireless efforts" and "inspirational" leadership.

The resolution said Modi "gave a direction to the campaign with a vision" and also thanked BJP workers along with "social and cultural organisations", an apparent reference to RSS and affiliate groups.

It underlined that India needs a government which is "effectively governed and puts the country on a high growth track and sets highest standards of probity."

The BJP wants to build a country which is "strong, self-respecting and self-reliant", the resolution said.

Commenting on the election results, the board hailed the verdict given by people.

"People have spoken and spoken decisiviely. It is for the first time that a non-Congress government has got mandate on its own to govern."

Before the meeting started, Modi was garlanded by Singh. He was then felicitated by Advani, who offered him sweets, a bouquet of flowers, and also embraced Modi.

Other party leaders then shook hands with Modi and offered their bouquets of flowers.

The BJP has also set in motion a process to decide on Modi's successor in Gujarat. Modi has been the chief minister of the state since 2001.


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