Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday became the fourth-longest serving Prime Minister of India. With this, he surpassed the tenure of BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee and is also the country’s longest-serving non-Congress Prime Minister.
“Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes the longest-serving Indian PM of non-Congress origin. (Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji served for 2,268 days in all his terms combined. Today PM Modi has surpassed this tenure,” the BJP said.
By Thursday, PM Modi has been in office for six years and 79 days.
The other longest-serving PMs
Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are the three other longest-serving Prime Ministers of India. All of them are from the Congress.
Jawaharlal Nehru remains the longest-serving prime minister of India with a tenure of around 17 years, followed by his daughter Indira Gandhi who served for little more than 11 years spread over three terms. Dr Manmohan Singh served two consecutive terms of five years each.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise in politics
Modi remains popular with the masses despite the economic troubles the country is facing. In 2014, the Modi-led BJP swept into office with a two-thirds majority, the first in a decade to win it. Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for 13 years.
He was associated with the RSS and then moved to the BJP in 1985. He held several posts within the party before becoming the Gujarat Chief Minister in 2001. He replaced Keshubhai Patel as the chief minister.
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In 2002, the Godhra train carnage took place in which kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya were burnt alive by a Muslim mob. Large scale violence was reported from Gujarat leading to the massacre of Muslims. Modi was at that time accused of not doing enough but a report by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team in 2012 concluded that Chief Minister Modi took all possible steps to control the riots.
Modi was re-elected for a second term when the BJP secured 303 seats and emerged as the single-largest party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The NDA won 353 seats in 2019.
His second term has seen the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act which grants citizenship to only non-Muslim refugees from three neighbouring countries and the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
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