PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the next five years will be the time to regain the rightful position of India in the world order. He was speaking here at a function following the Lok Sabha election victory, which was kept simple and shorn of pomp because of the Surat fire tragedy. “Next five years will be very important in the history of the country, as was the period between 1942 to 1947,” Modi said addressing a huge gathering. “Next five years will be the time to regain the rightful position of India in the world order. In the past our country had that place. I am sure India will regain its importance in the world order,” he said. Modi also expressed grief over the death of 23 students in Surat building fire tragedy.
“Till yesterday, I was in two minds whether to go for this felicitation function or not as on one hand, there was ‘kartvya’ (duty) and on the other hand, there was ‘karuna’ (compassion) for those who died in Surat. No amount of words can reduce the grief of the families who have lost their children in that tragedy,” he said. “On the other hand, I had to thank the people of the State and also take blessings of my mother as my duty,” the Prime Minister added. Addressing the party workers during his first visit to Gujarat after registering a massive victory in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Modi said: “We have to utilise these five years to solve the issues of common citizens. We have to further enhance India’s position at the world stage.The coming five years have to be years of Jan Bhagidari and Jan Chetna.”
Visits party office from where he operated initially and ‘learnt a lot’
AFTER leading the BJP to a stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening visited the Khanpur office of the party here and recalled how he “learnt a lot sitting in a small room” there. He spent around twenty minutes inside the office.