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India polls: PM-elect Modi to make triumphant Delhi entrance

Published on May 17, 2014 1:08 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi address a public meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on 16 May 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi headed to Delhi on Saturday to bask in the glory of an election landslide for his Hindu nationalists, promising to improve the lives of all Indians in spite of his polarising image.

As world leaders congratulated the abrasive right-winger on his crushing victory over the leftist Congress party, Mr Modi flew out of western Gujarat state that he has run since 2001 to prepare for a five-year term as prime minister.

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 around 11:00am (1:30 pm, Singapore time).

Later he is also expected to pay a visit to his constituency in the holy city of Varanasi where he will offer prayers at sundown on the banks of the river Ganges, after securing India's biggest electoral triumph in 30 years.

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