Elections Results 2014: A ‘Modi’fied Route in Delhi As PM To Be Lands Today
New Delhi Narendra Modi, who won a massive mandate yesterday to be India’s next Prime Minister, has flown out of Ahmedabad for Delhi, where he hold a victory roadshow this morning before meeting his party’s top leadership.
The change in status from Chief Minister of Gujarat to PM-to-be was signaled by a security upgrade as Mr Modi reached Ahmedabad airport in big cavalcade of white cars this morning.
An ecstatic BJP will turn the wide roads of Delhi into a 20-km red carpet to welcome Mr Modi, who authored for it the most emphatic electoral victory by any political party since 1984. The BJP will have 283 members in the 16th Lok Sabha, ensuring that it has a majority in the house on its own. With its allies it has 337.
The Delhi traffic police has issued an advisory for people on the roads to avoid between 10 am and 2 pm.
At the BJP office, a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board, a group of top 12 leaders that signs off on crucial decisions, is scheduled for 12.30 this afternoon. Some immediate decisions need to be taken, not least who will replace Mr Modi as Gujarat chief minister as he heads to the 7 Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister in Delhi.
The parliamentary board, headed by party chief Rajnath Singh, is also expected to discuss the process of government formation and names for key portfolios in the Narendra Modi cabinet.
After the parliamentary board meeting, Mr Modi will leave for Varanasi, the Uttar Pradesh constituency that handed him a resounding victory in his first Lok Sabha election. He will participate in prayers at the banks of the Ganga river before flying back to Delhi in late in the evening and then back to Ahmedabad.
Mr Modi had chosen to stay in Gujarat all of Friday as results came in. He visited the other constituency he contested from – Vadodara in his state – last evening for a thanksgiving.