"Top BJP leaders congratulate Shri Modi"
"CM thanks BJP leaders and Karyakartas for reposing faith in him"
"Shri Modi speaks to Shri LK Advani on the phone and receives his blessings"

Gandhinagar 9th June, 2013: Shri Narendra Modi was appointed as the Chairman of the 2014 Lok Sabha Election Campaign Committee of the BJP today. The announcement was made by BJP National President Shri Rajnath Singh during the Party National Executive Meeting of the Party. Shri Rajnath Singh was flanked by the top leadership of the party including Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Shri Arun Jaitley, former BJP President Shri Venkaiah Naidu among others. Goa Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar was also present.

Shortly after the announcement, Shri Modi Tweeted, Senior leaders have reposed faith in me. We will leave no stone unturned for Congress Mukt Bharat Nirman. Thanks for support & blessings.Shri Modi called up senior BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister of India Shri LK Advani and the senior leader blessed Shri Modi. Shri Modi wrote on Twitter, Spoke to Advani ji on the phone. He gave me his blessings. Honoured and extremely grateful to receive his blessings.

Shri Rajnath Singh Tweeted, “I have appointed Shri Narendra Modi as the Chairman of BJP Election Campaign Committee.” Former BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari affirmed that the party will do well under Shri Modi’s leadership.

Wishes poured in from all sides to wish Shri Modi on this new responsibility by the party. Sushma Swaraj, senior BJP leader, said on microblogging site Twitter, "BJP President Shri Raj Nath Singh ji has appointed Shri Narendra Modi Chairman of BJP Election Campaign Committee. I wish him all the best in this mission." Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister and Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha said “He has no match in the Congress party or elsewhere.” BJP leader, Arun Jaitley said, "It is not only an overwhelming consensus among the leaders but there is a near unanimous view among the cadres that you have to give a special responsibility to a person who is perceived as highly popular and inspirational leader.”

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan Tweeted, “I congratulate Shri Narendra Modi on being appointed as the chief of BJP’s campaign committee. We shall collectively ensure BJP’s victory.” Goa Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar congratulated Shri Modi and described this appointment as a step in the positive direction. He said that everybody wanted this in the party and that there was clapping for five minutes after Shri Modi’s name was announced.

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal described Modi’s elevation as “A master stroke and a knock-out punch against a staggering UPA government and Congress party.” He added that “his (Modi’s) clarity of ideas on development and governance and his highly impressive record as a mass-mobiliser and crowd-puller are great assets for the BJP and allies.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told PTI over phone from Panaji, "I congratulate Modiji for his selection. The party will win 2014 general elections with thumping victory under his guidance." He added that “"A number of youths are already associated with Modiji. This decision will also bring thousands of other youths from across the country closer to him."

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa greeted 'good friend' and her Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi on his elevation as BJP's election campaign committee chief. Addressing reporters she said “Politically I do not think it would be proper for me to make a comment on what has happened in another party, but at a personal level, Modi is a very good friend of mine, I have high regard for him as an able administrator. My good wishes are always with him whether he wins election in Gujarat or achieves an elevation in his own party. I'm happy for him."

Social media too was abuzz with congratulatory wishes for Shri Modi.

(Taken from TV News and Twitter handles, particularly ANI)

BJP Vice President and Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Smt. Smriti Irani stated that this step taken by the party is a decisive step towards the victory of the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Expressing a similar sentiment, Lok Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh Shri Anurag Thakur said that the people are looking at Shri Modi with hope and that the BJP will emerge victorious in the 2014 Elections.

Shri Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP leader and former Union Minister pointed out that Shri Modi’s performance in Gujarat has been commendable and that he would surely help the BJP in winning the upcoming elections. He Tweeted, “I Congratulate Modi ji on being appointed Chief of BJP Campaign Committee. BJP cadre will work with full energy to ensure BJP victory in 2014.” BJP leader from Bihar Shri Rameshwar Chaurasia expressed confidence that under Shri Modi’s leadership the BJP would win over 300 seats.

The head of the BJP unit in Andhra Pradesh and MLA Shri Kishan Reddy wrote on Twitter, “I congratulate Sri Narendra Modi for his appointment as the head of BJP Election Campaign Committee.” Shri Reddy also went on to say that he had a fruitful discussion with Shri Modi on various issues and even invited him to Andhra Pradesh. BJP treasurer Shri Piyush Goyal posted a photo where he congratulated Shri Modi after Shri Modi was appointed to chair the panel on the 2014 Elections.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and President of Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “As Narendra Modi has been made Chairman of Poll Campaign Committee of BJP, the biggest alliance partner of NDA, it (the decision) would be catalytic in NDA's victory march in 2014 elections."

Yog Guru, Baba Ramdev welcoming the decision told reporters in Haridwar, “This is a step in the right direction. He he is the only leader who can rid the country of Congress' corrupt rule." On a similar note VHP Chief Ashok Singhal welcoming Narendra Modi’s appointment as BJP’s campaign committee head said “the party has honoured the sentiments of the entire country by appointing the Gujarat Chief Minister to the post”.

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Excellency, my good friend President Macron,

Mr. Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Publicis Group,

Participants from around the world,


Congratulations to the organisers for successfully organising Vivatech in this difficult time.

This platform reflects the technological vision of France. India and France have been working closely on a wide range of subjects. Among these, technology and digital are emerging areas of cooperation. It is the need of the hour that such cooperation continues to grow further. It will not only help our nations but also the world at large.

Many youngsters saw the French Open with great enthusiasm. One of India's tech companies, Infosys provided tech support for the tournament. Likewise, the French Company Atos is involved in a project for making the fastest super computer in India. Whether it is France's Capgemini or India's TCS and Wipro, our IT talent is serving companies and citizens all over the world.


I believe - Where convention fails, innovation can help. This has been seen during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which is the biggest disruption of our age. All nations have suffered loss and felt anxiety about the future. COVID-19 put many of our conventional methods to test. However, it was innovation that came to the rescue. By innovation I refer to:

Innovation before the pandemic .

Innovation during the pandemic .

When I speak about innovation before the pandemic, I refer to the pre-existing advances which helped us during the pandemic. Digital technology helped us cope, connect, comfort and console. Through digital media, we could work, talk with our loved ones, and help others. India's universal and unique bio-metric digital identity system - Aadhar - helped us to provide timely financial support to the poor. We could supply free food to 800 million people, and deliver cooking-fuel subsidies to many households. We in India were able to operationalise two public digital education programes- Swayam and Diksha - in quick time to help students.

The second part, innovation for the pandemic refers to how humanity rose to the occasion and made the fight against it more effective. In this, the role of our start-up sector, has been paramount. Let me give you India's example. When the pandemic hit our shores, we had inadequate testing capacities and shortage of masks, PPE, Ventilators and other such equipment. Our private sector played a key role in addressing this shortage. Our doctors adopted tele-medicine in a big way so that some COVID and other non-COVID issues could be addressed virtually. Two vaccines are being made in India and more are in the development or trial stage. On the Government side, our indigenous IT platform, Arogya-Setu enabled effective contact tracing. Our COWIN digital platform has already helped ensure vaccines to millions. Had we not been innovating, then our fight against COVID-19 would have been much weaker. We must not abandon this innovative zeal so that we are even better prepared when the next challenge strikes.


India's strides in the world of tech and start-up are well-known. Our nation is home to one of the world's largest start-up eco systems. Several unicorns have come up in the recent years. India offers what innovators and investors need. I invite the world to invest in India based on the five pillars of: Talent, Market, Capital, Eco-system and, Culture of openness.

Indian tech-talent pool is famous across the world. Indian youth have given tech solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. Today, India has One Point One eight billion mobile phones and Seven Seventy-Five million internet users. This is more than the population of several nations. Data consumption in India is among the highest and cheapest in the world. Indians are the largest users of social media. There is a diverse and extensive market that awaits you.


This digital expansion is being powered by creating state-of-the-art public digital infrastructure. Five hundred and twenty-three thousand kilometres of fibre optic network already links our One hundred and fifty six thousand village councils. Many more are being connected in the times to come. Public wi-fi networks across the country are coming up. Likewise, India is working actively to nurture a culture of innovation. There are state-of-the-art innovation labs in Seven Thousand Five Hundred schools under the Atal Innovation Mission. Our students are taking part in numerous hackathons, including with students overseas. This gives them the much-needed exposure to global talent and best practices.


Over the past year, we have witnessed a lot of disruption in different sectors. Much of it is still there. Yet, disruption does not have to mean despair. Instead, we must keep the focus on the twin foundations of repair and prepare. This time last year, the world was still seeking a vaccine. Today, we have quite a few. Similarly, we have to continue repairing health infrastructure and our economies. We in India, implemented huge reforms across sectors, be it mining, space, banking, atomic energy and more. This goes on to show that India as a nation is adaptable and agile, even in the middle of the pandemic. And, when I say - prepare-I mean: Insulating our planet against the next pandemic. Ensuring we focus on sustainable life-styles that stop ecological degradation. Strengthening cooperation in furthering research as well as innovation.


The challenges our planet faces can only be overcome with a collective spirit and a human centric approach. For this, I call upon the start-up community to take the lead. The start-up space is dominated by youngsters. These are people free from the baggage of the past. They are best placed to power global transformation. Our start-ups must explore areas such as: Healthcare. Eco-friendly technology including waste recycling, Agriculture, New age tools of learning.


As an open society and economy, as a nation committed to the international system, partnerships matter to India. France and Europe are among our key partners. In my conversations with President Macron, In my summit with EU leaders in Porto in May, digital partnership, from start-ups to quantum computing, emerged as a key priority. History has shown that leadership in new technology drives economic strength, jobs and prosperity. But, our partnerships must also serve a larger purpose, in service of humanity. This pandemic is not only a test of our resilience, but also of our imagination. It is a chance to build a more inclusive, caring and sustainable future for all. Like President Macron, I have faith in the power of science and the possibilities of innovation to help us achieve that future.

Thank you.