State legislators, including Modi's close aide Amit Shah and Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, addressed the session. Patel is tipped to be the next Gujarat chief minister.

Making an emotional farewell speech in the assembly, Modi said, “I got the honour of becoming the Chief Minister four times. I have learnt a lot in the Gujarat Assembly. I may not have spoken much in the House but I made it a point to hear each and every member also on the opposition.”

Expressing his gratitude towards the Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela, Modi said, “I have never said what has happened in Gujarat in the last 12-13 years. Each and everyone has contributed. Now, you can proudly say PM used to ride on his bike. We traveled to every district on his motorcycle. ”

Acknowledging the people of Gujarat, Modi said, “I trust the people of Gujarat that they will take the state forward.”

Recalling the 2002 earthquake in Gujarat, Modi said, “2002 was a big challenge. When I took charge of the Chief Minister, the state was rocked by earthquake. The state was also devastated by financial scams.”

Praising Modi, Vaghela said, “Everyone is happy as Gujarat CM is set to become PM.  The people have voted for him with immense expectations. He will not be the Prime Minister of BJP but the Prime Minister of entire India.”

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister designate expressed sadness over quitting as MLA.

Expressing his feeling on microblogging site Twitter, Modi said, “I am sad on quitting as MLA but people of Maninagar are happy. In fact, when I won in 2012 they said PM PM. Their affection is touching.”

The BJP won an impressive 282 seats on its own and 335 seats along with its ally in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress had a poor show with only 44 seats coming its way.

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