Narendra Modi was welcomed like a star at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s headquarters here on Thursday, a week after securing an emphatic third consecutive win in assembly elections in Gujarat.
Amidst chants of 'future Prime Minister', Modi was greeted with a shower of rose petals as the party president Nitin Gadkari congratulated him.
"I have never ever imagined that I would get such a warm reception at the party headquarters. For years, I used to do the work designated to me at this office.
It is because of the party that I have reached this position. It's the power of the democracy that a simple common man has been given so much responsibility," said Modi.
"In a time when governments fall in two-three years, it is our work, work that the BJP has done that has got us re-elected for 12 years. I will work towards making everyone proud.
I would request you all to come to Gujarat and see our current governance, if you have any suggestions for improvement, please let me know," he said.
Taking on the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for lowering the growth target for the 12th five-year plan, Modi said that it is not impossible to achieve higher growth if we have the political will to do.
"We had discussed about 9 percent growth last time, but they have stuck at 7.9 percent. It is very disappointing. If you say that the target is 8.2 percent then you are talking about an increase of 0.3 percent. They also say that even an 8.2 percent growth also is very difficult to achieve," said Modi.
"There is no UPA government in the top five states of the country. If the country is disturbed by the international problems then what is the state concerned about? This is also a concerning issue that what is the government doing," asked Modi.
Modi took oath as Gujarat Chief Minister for the fourth time yesterday. Gujarat has had no other chief minister between his first swearing-in ceremony in October 2001 and now. (ANI)