New Delhi, May 20 (PTI): Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, unanimously elected as the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Parliamentary party on Tuesday, promised to try his best to live up to the expectations of the people.
During his acceptance speech, Modi, 63, broke down when he referred to BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani's mention that he had done a favour to the party by taking up the responsibility.
“Can serving the mother be a favour? A son is only dedicated to serve the mother....The favour has been done by the party,” he said addressing the newly-elected MPs of the party in the historic Central Hall of Parliament.
His name was proposed by Advani and supported by a number of leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari.
The election is an important formality before Modi approaches President Pranab Mukherjee for formation of his government. A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said Modi is scheduled to call on the President at 3.15pm.
Advani said Modi was a “popular” and “famous” leader and he was happy to propose his name. Joshi seconded the proposal with a sense of “pride” and “joy”. Swaraj hoped that Modi will be a “famous” Prime Minister.
Modi, who swept the BJP into power in a landslide victory with 282 seats of its own, said the election result has increased people's faith in democracy, and there is a “new hope” among people that this dispensation can fulfil their aspirations.
Committing his government to all sections of the society, particularly the youth, women and poor, he said, “I want to assure the people of the country that there is no need for pessimism going by the past bad experience...I am a very optimistic man and only an optimistic man can bring optimism in the country.”
”I will try to live up to expectations of people,” he said and promised to present report card to people in 2019.
Modi did not bad-mouth the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government that he demolished.
“I don't believe UPA govt did nothing; they did whatever they could; they deserve appreciation for whatever good they did,” he said.
But he pointed out that a hung verdict would have simply meant anger against the previous government. The clear verdict for the BJP shows that the people voted for hope and aspiration, he said.
“I am a very optimistic man; only optimistic man can bring optimism in the country,” says Modi.