Success lies in State’s continuing development: Modi in Gujarat Assembly

A day after President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India, the BJP Parliamentary leader made a farewell speech in Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday.
Modi who will submit his resignation as Gujarat Chief Minister to the Governor at 3 pm, addressed a special session of State legislative Assembly where he was accorded farewell by the members.
Addressing the Assembly, Modi thanked people of Gujarat for helping him in taking the State forward.
“And 2002 was a challenge. I trust the people of Gujarat to take the State forward. I have never said what has happened in Gujarat in the last 12-13 years. Each and everyone has contributed.”
Modi said he learnt a lot in the Gujarat Assembly. “I got the honour of becoming the Chief Minister four times,” he said.
The outgoing Gujarat Chief Minister said that success does not lie in the development which State has achieved today but real success lies in Gujarat continouing with this success.
“Modi’s success does not lie in development today but that the development journey will continue after today,” Modi added further.
Modi has been the Chief Minister of Gujarat since October 7, 2001.
Party sources said that after Modi submits his resignation, BJP legislators will hold a meeting to elect the successor to the PM-elect, appointed as such by the President on Tuesday. While the BJP has not made an official announcement about who will succeed Modi, party sources said that Anandiben Patel, the Revenue Minister, was set to be the next Chief Minister of the State.
Modi reached Gujarat on Tuesday evening after addressing the newly elected MPs of BJP and its allies in the Central Hall of Parliament. After his address, he went to meet President Pranab Mukherjee. This was after a delegation of 15 members of NDA, led by BJP president Rajnath Singh had called on the President and handed over a letter stating that Modi has been elected as leader of BJP Parliamentary Party.
Modi to quit as Gujarat as CM, Anandiben likely to succeed him
Later a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said, “Narendra Modi, leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, called on the President at 1515 hours today. As Narendra Modi has been elected as BJP Parliamentary Party and BJP has the majority in the House of the people, the President appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India and requested him to advise the names of others to be appointed members of the Council of Ministers,” PTI reported.
Modi on Tuesday said that he was sad on quitting as MLA but the people of Maninagar were happy that he had become the Prime Minister of India. He posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter – I am sad on quitting as MLA but people of Maninagar are happy. In fact, when I won in 2012 they said PM. Their affection is touching.” Courtesy : Niti Central

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