Rajnath also thanked the nation for the BJP-led NDA’s stupendous win in the Lok Sabha polls.

“The BJP parliamentary board hails the verdict of the people. The people of India have spoken and spoken decisively,” said Rajnath.

“The board expresses its deep sense of appreciation of all its workers, leaders and social and cultural organisations who put in a herculean effort,” he added.

Rajnath further said the BJP parliamentary board in its meeting lauded the vision with which Narendra Modi led the campaign.

“The parliamentary board appreciated the vision Modiji gave to our campaign. The visionary leadership of Narendra Modi caught the imagination of the people of India,” he said.

Modi was the man of the moment at the meeting with all leaders, including L K Advani, welcoming him with sweets and embraces.

Before the start of the meeting at the party headquarters, Modi first greeted Advani and bent towards him as a gesture of respect. Advani then embraced him.

Advani was initially opposed to anointment of Modi as the prime ministerial candidate and had even resigned last year from all posts in protest, only to change his decision a day later.

Modi was also treated to sweets by Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi, Nitin Gadkari and other members of the 12-member Board.

Modi flew to Delhi from Ahmedabad this morning to carry a victory procession and attend the crucial meeting, a day after India pronounced landslide victory for him.
Soon after landing in the national capital, Modi led an elaborate two-hour long victory procession from the airport to the BJP headquarters.

A sea of supporters waved BJP flags, blew conches, beat drums, danced and shouted slogans as soon as Modi stepped out of the airport after flying in from Gujarat. The celebrations continued all through the long route.

Besides Rajnath Singh, the seven newly-elected BJP MPs from Delhi were among those who received Modi.

"This victory is dedicated to the sacrifices of generations of loyal party workers who have been working tirelessly since 1952. It's the fruit of their blessings, prayers and hard work," Modi told the crowd outside the party headquarters.

Modi led his party to a stunning victory, making the BJP the first non-Congress party since Independence in 1947 to win a comfortable majority on its own in the 545-member Lok Sabha.

"I thank the people of Delhi for voting and electing all our seven candidates. The warm welcome that I have received today, I am thankful for that," Modi said during his roadshow.

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