Modi to take oath as Gujarat CM today

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 05:20 hrs

Ahmedabad: Narendra Modi will take oath as Gujarat's Chief Minister for the fourth time at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

He will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kamala Beniwal.

Top BJP leaders, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray will attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Heavy security arrangements have been made at the Sardar Patel Stadium where the swearing in ceremony will be held at around 11 a.m.

Having secured an electoral hat-trick, Modi had earlier, thanked the people of the state for giving the BJP another chance to form the government.

Modi praised the voters for exercising their franchise in a mature manner. He said their vote was a signal of their approval for development and further progress in the state.

"I thank the people of Gujarat. People have voted thinking if Gujarat prospers, I will prosper. Gujarat voters have proved that people make their choice based on development and progress. Gujarat's voters are the real heroes today," said Modi.

"The people of state have proved that if a government provides good governance and development to the people, they will forget everything and vote for that government. I promise that they will continue to witness tremendous development and progress in future also," he added.

The BJP bagged 115 of the 182 assembly seats up for grabs, while Congress emerged victorious in 61. The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel bagged two seats.

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