New Delhi, May 17 (PTI): Narendra Modi was the man of the moment at the first meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Parliamentary Board here Saturday since the party’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
All leaders, including patriarch Lal Krishna Advani, who had last year opposed Modi’s anointment as the party’s prime ministerial candidate, welcomed him with sweets and embraces.
Before the start of the meeting at the party headquarters, Modi first greeted Advani and bent towards him as a gesture of respect. Advani then embraced him.
BJP President Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi, Nitin Gadkari and other members of the 12-member Board also treated Modi to sweets.
Earlier in the day, Modi arrived in the national capital to a rousing welcome by thousands of enthusiastic BJP workers and supporters to whom he gave credit for the historic achievement.
The Prime Minister-elect waved victory sign to the cheering crowds of supporters wearing saffron caps and showing BJP flags as drove down from Indira Gandhi International Airport to the party headquarters at Ashoka Road, a distance of about 16km.
He was received at the airport by a number of senior BJP leaders, including Rajnath Singh.
Escorted by elite commandos, Modi was greeted by supporters at various places along the route. BJP workers on motorcycles waving party flags were part of the cavalcade.
On reaching the BJP headquarters, he briefly addressed the supporters, saying he was thankful to them for rekindling “new hope” through their hard work.
“As a person, Modi requests all of you, don't give credit for this victory to Modi. It is a result of hard work of lakhs of workers. This victory belongs to those four-five generations who have toiled hard since 1952,” he said.
“The first right of credit for this victory goes to 125 crore Indians and second to those martyred since 1952. In the last 25 years, thousands of our workers were killed in states like Kerala and those who gave up their lives in Tamil Nadu,” Modi said.