Narendra Modi fought back tears during a speech accepting his party’s nomination to become India’s next leader, a display of emotion that contrasted with his predecessor who had limited interaction with the public during a decade in office.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Narendra Modi as the country’s prime minister and invited him to take the oath of office on May 26, presidential spokesman Venu Rajamony said in a statement.
India’s Gandhi family retained control of the Congress party despite its worst-ever electoral defeat, underscoring the lack of alternatives in an organization that has governed the country for most of its history.
Along the banks of the Ganges River in one of Hinduism’s holiest cities, Rajiv Tandon hung flags of Narendra Modi’s party in preparation for his arrival a day after he swept to power in India with the biggest mandate in 30 years.
Narendra Modi’s first declaration of victory didn’t come in the capital New Delhi, or his home state of Gujarat or even Hinduism’s holiest city of Varanasi, where he ran for parliament. It came in the form of a message on his Twitter Inc. account.
Incoming Indian leader Narendra Modi told thousands of supporters in one of Hinduism’s holiest cities that he represented a break from past governments after winning the nation’s biggest electoral mandate in 30 years.
For several hours today it looked like Rahul Gandhi might lose his parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh. As the vote count in India’s election stretched into the afternoon, he edged ahead, but the message was clear: The Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence had lost its allure.
Narendra Modi declared a new era in India after his opposition bloc secured the biggest election win in 30 years, with voters tired of sluggish economic growth and corruption handing the Gandhi dynasty a historic defeat.