New Delhi: 11:57 am: Narendra Modi also says, "I am happy that Gujarat has forced the country to talk on development. When I took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat it had a revenue deficit of Rs 6700 crore, today Gujarat has a revenue surplus of Rs 4000 crore."
11:52 am: Praising the BJP-led State governments, Narendra Modi says, "Governments across the world would study models used by BJP for growth. We have plugged the leakages in PSUs in Gujarat."
11:50 am: Narendra Modi also urges BJP party members to treat the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections as a freedom struggle. "We have no right to let the nation down," says Modi.
11:44 am: Narendra Modi says, "BJP is the catalyst to take the country forward. Ridding nation of Congress is an act of patriotism itself."
11:39 am: Narendra Modi says, "My experience says that country has decided to throw Congress out. Whenever we got a chance to run the govt, we gave something to the country."
11:26 am: Praising the BJP and focussing on 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi says the BJP is the only alternative for the Congress misrule.
11:23 am: Continuing his tirade against the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi says, "They appointed a night watchman by naming Manmohan Singh as PM."
11:20 am: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi while favouring Pranab Mukherjee over Manmohan Singh says, "Had Pranab Mukherjee been the prime minister, there would have been less destruction in the country."
11:19 am: Modi said that India had all the possibilities to move forward but the Congress never had any intentions. "India had all the possibilities to move forward, but Congress failed completely," says Modi.
11:18 am: Modi also points out that the Congress has always followed family politics tradition.
11:17 am: Modi slams the Congress-led UPA and says the government has sunk the country and the poor has no food to eat.
11:15 am: Narendra Modi says, "People can't even feel if there is a government at the Centre or not. It is not in the blood of the Congress to take the country forward."
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude to BJP members while addressing the concluding session of the Bharatiya Janata Party's National Executive meet in New Delhi on Sunday. "Don't have words to express gratitude for the welcome that I received yesterday," said Modi.
The BJP is preparing to find space for Modi in its Central Parliamentary Board ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP National Council authorised newly-elected President Rajnath Singh to constitute his Parliamentary Board, which may see Modi being formally brought to the party's central polity.
Modi was the flavour of the three-day conclave with several leaders praising him. "He made a hat-trick. We were delighted to hear about his victory. We had never seen a BJP chief minister winning three consecutive terms. His development model has been lauded by all, even at the international forum. Be it the US or the European Union all have praised his good governance," Rajnath said in his inaugural address.
"It won't be proper to welcome Modi with mere words. He deserves a good round of applause, a standing ovation," the BJP president said. He garlanded Modi amid slogan shouting by enthusiastic party members. The party top brass, comprising of Central leaders as well as chief ministers seated on the dais, were on their feet and and clapped for Modi.
The BJP is hoping to come back to power at the Centre after losing two consecutive general elections in 2004 and 2009. Modi may also be given a key role in the election campaign of the BJP.
Party sources said Rajnath Singh is likely to announce his team of central office-bearers, including general secretaries, vice-presidents and secretaries, later this month. This would be followed by the appointment of the Parliamentary Board, Central Election Committee, National Executive and Disciplinary Committee.