Ahmedabad: Amidst high speculation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s ascension in national politics, the party’s 33rd foundation day was celebrated in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

While addressing the party workers, Modi said, “I am not hungry for power. Just want to work for the good of people.”

Describing Rahul Gandhi’s CII speech as ‘very disturbing’, the Chief Minister said that Congress has failed the people of this country.

Earlier, party president Rajnath Singh, who received grand welcome by state party unit workers, heaped praises on Modi. He also retorted Congress’ ‘Yamraj’ remark on Gujarat Chief Minister.

Notably, after Rajnath’s appointment as party chief in January this year, Modi was inducted in party’s top decision making body -- BJP Parliamentary Board. At the same time, Rajnath formed his new team and appointed Modi’s close aide Amit Shah as one of party’s most powerful office bearer -- BJP general secretary.

Now celebration of BJP’s foundation day in Gujarat is undoubtedly to indicate that Modi is going to play a major role in party’s affairs at national level. Given growing popularity of the Gujarat Chief Minister across the country and rising demand to nominate him as party’s prime ministerial nominee ahead of 2014 polls, new BJP chief is aware of the fact that without Modi, it will be disastrous for the party to take on Congress-led UPA in 2014.

The Foundation Day celebration was being held at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, where large number of party workers flocked from all over the state and country.

(JPN/Agencies)

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