India PM-elect Modi to make triumphant Delhi entrance

NEW DELHI, May 16, 2014 (AFP) – India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi was to make a triumphant entrance to New Delhi Saturday after leading his Hindu nationalist party to an historic landslide victory in the world’s largest election. The former tea-boy, whose humble background is a world away from that of the prevailing Delhi elite, is expected to be greeted by thousands of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters when he flies into the capital to prepare for a five-year stint as premier.

Later he is also expected to pay a visit to Varanasi where he will offer prayers at sundown on the banks of the river Ganges after he was elected for parliament from the holy city.

The 63-year-old, who has never held office at national level, pledged on Friday to fulfil the dreams of all of India’s 1.2 billion people in an effort to allay fears that still linger among Muslims who remember communal riots in his home state of Gujarat in 2002.

“I want to take all of you with me to take this country forward… it is my responsibility to take all of you with me to run this country,” Modi said in what was effectively a farewell speech to the people of Gujarat after a 13-year stint as its chief minister.

Reflecting his long-running theme