Narendra Modi says BJP his mother, gets emotional

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 15:46

New Delhi: BJP`s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on Tuesday got emotional while addressing the party`s newly-elected MPs and other leaders.

Modi, who was elected as leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary party, got emotional while responding to veteran leader LK Advani`s remarks that he (Modi) had done a favour by leading the party in the Lok Sabha election.
"Advani ji used a word. I request Adavani ji not to use the word again. He said Modi has done a `kripa` (favour)...`," Modi said.

As his eyes welled up, he abruptly stopped his address. Unable to continue with his address, Modi asked for a glass of water. Even after sipping some, Modi stood at the lactern with bent head, overcome with emotion.

Still with choked voice, Modi asked: "Is serving the country a favour?...It cannot be. As India is my mother, the BJP is also my mother and a son does not do favour to his mother. A son can only work with dedication."
Leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Kirron Kher were also seen overcome with emotion and wiping a tear.


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First Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 15:46

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