Delhi Bureau :
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday completed 20 years as the head of a Government, including over 13 years as Gujarat Chief Minister, with top BJP leaders lauding his leadership and crediting him for ushering in good governance and development. Home Minister Amit Shah, who has been a close aide of Modi for over three decades, said the journey of good governance and development that started on this day in 2001 when he took oath for the first time as Chief Minister has continued uninterrupted. The Prime Minister has worked day and night for the people and country’s progress, he said. “I congratulate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on completing 20 years of public service as the head of a State Government and the central Government.
“In these 20 years, he dedicated to the welfare of the poor and Antyodaya. Shri Narendra Modi made the impossible possible with his strong will and by thinking ahead of time,” he said. The Home Minister said it was his good fortune that he got the opportunity to work in the Government and the party under the leadership of Modi, first in Gujarat and then at the Centre. Let us all give our best to realise the resolve of a strong and self-reliant India under the leadership of Modi, he said. Modi served as Gujarat CM between 2001 and 2014. BJP president J P Nadda said Modi pulled the country out of an atmosphere of disappointment and put it on the path to progress and becoming “vishwa guru” (world leader).
The Prime Minister has worked like a “karma yogi” and infused people with self-confidence about making a new India, Nadda said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated the Prime Minister, saying these 20 years have not only been dedicates to people’s welfare but have also been untainted. May his popularity keep rising, he said.