MODI .. Another feather in Modi’s cap; he’s longest serving non-Congress PM now


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a new feather in his cap. On Thursday, he became the longest-serving Prime Minister other than those from the Congress party. Now, Modi has surpassed the days of BJP’s former PM, Atal Behari Vajpayee.

The three PMs who had served the nation for longer periods than Modi were Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. Vajpayee served as PM for 2268 days through repeated terms. PV Narasimha Rao, another Congress PM, served the nation from that post from 1991 to 1996.

Other prime ministers served the nation for briefer periods – and these include Morarji Desai, VP Singh, Chandrasekhar, Deve Gowda, IK Gujral etc. 

Modi became Gujarat chief minister in year 2001 and won assembly elections repeatedly to carry on in this position until mid 2014, when he led the BJP to a landslide victory in parliamentary polls at the national level and became the Prime Minister. He led the party and its NDA alliance to another spectacular victory in the 2019 parliamentary polls. He has completed one year in his second term as PM.

Modi was born into an ordinary family in Vadnagar in northern Gujarat on 17 September, 1950. As a teenager, he helped his father sell tea at a local railway station. He joined the RSS at a young age, and was assigned to the BJP in 1985. He rose to become one of the national general secretaries of the party and oversaw Gujarat assembly elections in the late 1990s, when Keshubhai Patel took over as CM. Modi succeeded Keshubhai after he stepped down midway through his term. 

Modi took the blame for the 2002 Gujarat riots, which erupted after a Muslim mob torched a train carrying Ayodhya Karsevaks of the Viswa Hindu Parishad from Ayodhya back to their states. The train burning incident happened in Godhra in Gujarat, and led to anti-Muslim riots across the state. Many were dead in the train burning and some 2000 people died in the riots that followed, mostly Muslims. 

Modi, whose community is treated as poor and backward, is also the strongest leader from among the non-Brahmin population in the country. IHN-NN


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