BJP MLAs elect Modi, swearing-in today

CM-elect lavishes praise on BJP workers, says Gujarat will break new records.

Narendra Modi was Tuesday unanimously elected the leader of Gujarat BJP legislature party, which later met Governor Kamla Beniwal and staked claim to form a new government in the state under his leadership.

The meeting of MLAs was held at Gandhinagar and a cut-out of Atal Bihari Vajpayee stood prominently at the venue that coincided with the former prime minister's 88th birthday.

Modi will take the oath of office on Wednesday to begin his fourth term as the chief minister.

At today's meeting, BJP leader and seven-time MLA from Rajkot Vajubhai Vala proposed Modi's name as the leader, which was supported by the party's 114 MLAs in the presence of central party observer Arun Jaitley.

In his address, Modi indicated that the formation of a new Cabinet would some time.

"There have been breaking news in this regard by all channels. Collectively, they have made all 115 MLAs ministers," he said, taking a swipe at the media.

Speculation has been rife about the number two in the previous Cabinet, Anandi Patel, being appointed deputy CM. Modi also spoke of the "DNA of BJP".

"This party is not person-oriented but management-oriented. We have institutionalised the BJP ideology, so much so that it runs in the blood of every worker," he said.

"If any of the newly-elected MLA here believes that he won because of Narendra Modi, he is mistaken. This win is not due to the magic of Modi but is the result of hard work of BJP workers," Modi said.

The CM-elect challenged pundits to study Gujarat where there was no need to protect MLAs since there was no horse-trading.

The CM-elect said he was ready to hit the ground running. "While a new government takes 100 days to settle down, I have been busy for the last 100 hours. Even after three months of hectic poll-related work, we are ready for the Kankaria carnival and are organising the sixth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January next year."

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