Tracking Narendra Modi: A timeline
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Tracking Narendra Modi: A timeline

From woring at his uncle's tea stall to BJP's prime ministerial candidate, it has been a long journey indeed for Narendra Damodardas Modi. Here are the highlights.

delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2013 02:28 IST
Mahesh Langa
Mahesh Langa
Hindustan Times
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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

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

First Published: Sep 14, 2013 02:25 IST