Modi is now the longest serving PM, barring Congress

14th August 2020

14th August 2020

Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister (PM) of India for 2,268 days if all of his terms were combined. On Thursday, PM Narendra Modi surpassed his tenure and became the first longest-serving non-Congress PM of India and also the fourth longest-serving PM of India.

The first three longest-serving PMs of India are Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Manmohan Singh, in this order. And they all belonged to Congress.

Modi-led BJP became the first party in the 2014 Indian general election to win a majority in over three decades, decimating all opposition.

And now it's been more than a year since PM Modi entered into his second term, he is still dominating the Indian politics and if public opinion polls are any indication, he is still the preferred choice for most of India.

Modi was born in Vadnagar town of Gujarat and in 2001, he became the chief minister of Gujarat and remained at helm for 13 years.

His whole life has been a roller-coaster ride. Modi was a strong debater in his school days. He sold tea at railway stations. He got married at the age of 18 but soon he left home after. He became the part of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1971 and was assigned to BJP in 1985, finally becoming the chief minister of Gujarat in 2001.

In 2002, the charring of Hindu pilgrim in Godhra, followed by unfortunate riots sullied his reputation but he came unscathed in the precincts of justice. In 2012, a special investigation team under the supervision of the Supreme Court concluded in its report that CM Modi managed the 2002 riots with all the steps he could have taken.

PM Modi was chosen as a prime ministerial candidate in 2013 when BJP sought to take advantage of the poor public image of the Congress-led UPA due to the economic slowdown and corruption allegations.

In his first term, PM Modi received a lot of appreciation for his campaigns like make-in-India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, but he also received a lot of criticism for his decision of demonetisation. And his second term, he took the historical decision of abrogating the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and having the Triple Talaq Act passed.

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