In emotional speech, Modi says ‘I will not live for myself, but for the country’

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May 20, 2014

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Tuesday broke down during his speech in the Central Hall of Parliament. Speaking for the first time in the Central Hall, Narendra Modi said this government is dedicated to the poor of India, to the youth of India and to the women of India.

May 20, 2014

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Tuesday broke down during his speech in the Central Hall of Parliament. Speaking for the first time in the Central Hall, Narendra Modi said this government is dedicated to the poor of India, to the youth of India and to the women of India.

Modi gets emotional, breaks down during speech

He said his party was not here for any position but for a responsibility.

"Our dream is to fulfil the dreams of each and every one of us who sent us here," he said.

"A government is one that thinks and hears the voice of the poor. A government must live for the poor," Modi added, outlining his government mantra.

Appreciating past governments, Modi said, "Neither me or BJP feels past governments did nothing. Every government served the nation in some way or the other. I congratulate all previous governments and their leaders. We will take their good work ahead and aspire to do even better."

Narendra Modi pays obeisance before entering the Parliament House, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"The nation has already moved! It is up to us whether we want to move or do not," he said.

Speaking at the prestigious hall, Narendra Modi also got emotional. "The country is my mother, the BJP is my mother. A son can never do krupa on a mother. He is only dedicated to the mother," Narendra Modi said. Senior BJP leader L K Advani had earlier said Modi was doing a krupa (favour) to the country.

The Prime Minister-designate said that winning and losing are part of democracy which could be discussed forever. But, the common man had got renewed self confidence and faith in democracy, after this Lok Sabha election.

In a moving speech, Modi said, "Let's forget the negativity. Whatever the past may be, there is no need to be sad … we have to leave behind hopelessness and despair, no matter how bad the past experiences were."

"I will not live for myself, but for the country," he said.

Earlier, Narendra Modi was elected leader of the BJP parliamentary party, paving the way to his becoming the Prime Minister.

At a meeting held on Tuesday, Modi's name was proposed by party patriarch LK Advani and seconded by other leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

The Modi-led BJP won a staggering 282 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha, becoming the first non-Congress party since independence to get a majority on its own.


Courtesy: PTI