New Delhi, May 20 (PTI): Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh said here Tuesday after he and leaders of the National Democratic Alliance met President Pranab Mukherjee to submit letters of support.
“Today we had a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary party and we have adopted a unanimous resolution to elect Narendra Modi as our leader. All the NDA allies were also present. We have requested the President to invite Narendra Modi for the swearing-in as the Prime Minister,” Singh told reporters at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
He said the BJP has support letters of 10 allies of the NDA, which includes 335 MPs. One ally -- Swabimani Paksh of Maharashtra -- did not have the support letter ready and it would be submitted soon.
Singh said 3,000 people are proposed to be invited for the swearing-in ceremony for which time will announced soon.
Earlier, the NDA chose Modi as their leader, hailing him as ”strong” personality with “extraordinary capabilities” under whom the country will prosper and attain a major stature in the world.
In his brief acceptance speech, Modi said even though Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha polls, NDA allies will be as important for hiim as they would have been without it.
Gathered in the historic Central Hall of Parliament, leaders of NDA constituents, including Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Nagaland Peoples' Front, praised Modi stewardship and reposed confidence in him. Haryana Janhit Party chief Kuldeep Singh Bishnoi was conspicuous by his absence.
TDP chief and former NDA convenor Chandrababu Naidu said under Modi's Prime Ministership, India will find a place among the world powers with “real competition” being with the US and China.
“In this nation building activity, we are one partner with Narendra Modi. We extend on behalf of TDP all co-operation for his great job in cleaning the country and also developing the nation,” he said.
“I have seen so many leaders, but his determination, and also enthusiasm in doing things is extraordinary,” he said.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, while expressing his party's support, said for 25 years it has just been a struggle for the BJP-led alliance and now “good days have commenced”.
LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan said the “miracle” of NDA getting so many seats in the Lok Sabha polls was possible only because Modi was projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate.
He said the responsibility was “not a garland of flowers but a crown of thorns” and it was important to deliver on promises in a time-bound manner.
Describing the electoral verdict as a mandate for development, Paswan said it has exposed those indulging in caste and minorities politics.
Asserting that the country needed a “strong” and “not helpless” Prime Minister, the LJP leader said, “those (countries) who used to dare India, are now hiding like cats” as Modi is going to take charge.
Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal described his party's association with BJP as “inseparable”.