modi Prime minister of india
– India’s president appointed Narendra Modi as the new prime minister of the world’s largest democracy Tuesday, the presidential palace said in a
Modi succeeds Manmohan Singh, whose Congress party suffered its worst-ever defeat in the recent general elections.
President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Modi on May 26, the statement said.
Earlier in the day, Modi made his maiden visit to the national parliament as a federal lawmaker. In a traditional gesture of supplication to what Indians call their temple of democracy, he bowed down on the first step of the building’s entry stairs.
After he was officially named leader of his BJP parliamentary group, Modi made a passionate speech in Hindi.
“I have done no favor. Can serving the mother be called a favor?” he asked, pausing to sip water. “India is my mother and so is the BJP. You do no favor to your mother. You only serve
her,” he said, his voice choked with emotion.
Together, the BJP-led coalition – called the National Democratic Alliance – comprises 335 elected members in the lower chamber called the Lok Sabha, or the House of People.