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Who is Narendra Modi?

Narendra Modi

About Narendra Modi

Who is Narendra Modi?

Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India. He represents Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha. He is a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He assumed office as Prime Minister for his third term on June 9, 2024 after securing a decisive mandate in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
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PM Modi also holds charge of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Department of Space, all important policy issues, and all other portfolios not allocated to any other minister.
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Early life
Born in Gujarat's Vadnagar in 1950, Modi is said to have spent his early childhood working in his family tea stall and also selling tea at railway platforms. While Modi was introduced to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of 8, he joined BJP in the year 1987. His party won a majority in Gujarat in 1995 and Modi quickly rose up the ranks.
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Education
According to Modi’s affidavit submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI), he received a Master of Arts (MA) degree in political science from Gujarat University in 1983 and in 1978, he received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in political science Delhi University. There is a controversy surrounding the authenticity of his BA and MA degrees.
Popularity among people
Known for his tech-savvy approach to governance, Modi has leveraged social media platforms to connect with the masses, boasting a significant following on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram. His initiatives, such as 'Mann Ki Baat,' a radio program where he addresses the nation on key issues, have further solidified his image as a leader in touch with the pulse of the people. 'Jyotipunj', ‘Abode of Love’, 'Premtirth', ‘Kelave te Kelavani’ are some of the books written by PM Modi. Some of the books written on him include 'Narendra Modi - The Gamechanger', 'The NaMo Story: A Political Life', 'The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi', and 'Narendra Modi- A Political Biography'.
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PM Modi is known for forging close ties with world leaders and has been recognised for his efforts on various fronts, including environmental conservation, welfare schemes, hosting G20 summit in 2023, inaugurating the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, among others. However, his critics argue that his government has suppressed dissent.
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Chief Minister of Gujarat (2001–2014)
Modi has been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for four consecutive terms.?
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In 2001, when the BJParty’s Keshubhai Patel stepped down as Gujarat chief minister in the wake of the Bhuj earthquake that killed thousands of people, Modi was selected as Patel’s replacement. He remained in power in the state until May 22, till 2014.
As the state’s chief minister, he was credited with leading development activities in Gujarat. However, in 2002, critics accused the state government led by Modi of not doing enough to stem the 2002 riots that killed at least 1,000 people.
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Prime Minister of India (2014–present)
In 2013, Modi was chosen as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Under his leadership, the party won the 2014 elections with a thumping majority, on the back of a so-called ‘Modi wave’ and capitalising on the popular discontent against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which had been mired in controversies following several scams and charges of impropriety against some of its leaders.??
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In the 2014 polls, Modi contested from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat, winning both seats convincingly. However, he retained the Varanasi seat and relinquished Vadodara, in accordance with the law.
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In the 2019 elections, Modi once again contested from Varanasi, securing an even larger victory margin than before. He defeated his nearest rival, the Mahagathbandhan's Shalini Yadav, by a margin of 479,505 votes.?
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In the 2024 general elections, PM Modi won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat for the third time in a row. The prime minister defeated Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajai Rai by 152,513 votes, securing 612,970 (54.24 per cent) votes in total while Rai had to settle for 460,457 (40.74 per cent).??
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He called the mandate "a historic feat". "People have placed their faith in NDA, for a third consecutive time! This is a historic feat in India's history. I bow to the janata janardan for this affection and assure them that we will continue the good work done in the last decade to keep fulfilling the aspirations of people. I also salute all our karyakartas for their hard work. Words will never do justice to their exceptional efforts," he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Latest Updates on Narendra Modi

Budget assurance: Millions of jobs will be generated, says PM Modi

Modi spoke of the Budget's focus on supporting small businesses and MSMEs, which he said were run by the middle classes and provided the maximum job opportunities to the poor

Updated On : 23 Jul 2024 | 10:49 PM IST
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Budget 2024: Poor, middle class continue to get tax benefits, says PM Modi

Union Budget 2024: PM Modi made the remarks about the Budget hours after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her presentation in the Lok Sabha

Updated On : 23 Jul 2024 | 11:10 PM IST
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TMC leaders slam Budget as one for NDA, not India, says nothing for WB

TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee told reporters in Delhi that "the Modi government's continued deprivation of Bengal will face a strong response from the people."

Updated On : 23 Jul 2024 | 7:05 PM IST
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Budget 2024: What are the special packages for Bihar, Andhra Pradesh?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an allocation of Rs 15,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh. She said the Centre will set up airports, medical colleges, and sports infrastructure in Bihar

Updated On : 23 Jul 2024 | 12:29 PM IST
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News updates: UK foreign secy Lammy to begin 2-day visit to India on Wednesday

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Updated On : 23 Jul 2024 | 10:57 PM IST
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Economic Survey identifies growth areas for Viksit Bharat: PM Modi

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented the Economic Survey 2023-24, along with the statistical appendix in the Lok Sabha

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 8:20 PM IST
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Govt employees being politicised by PM Modi on ideological basis: Congress

Modi government continues its efforts to take control over constitutional bodies and work its way in through the back door and tamper with the Constitution, Kharge alleged

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 6:44 PM IST
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Centre denies Bihar's 'special category' status; no new designation allowed

The Centre said that no new states are being awarded 'special category' status at present, as the Indian Constitution does not accommodate such classification

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 4:44 PM IST
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Cong hits back at PM, says Modi suppressed voice of country for 10 years

Congress's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi hit out at prime minister, saying NEET issue was listed as second topic in Monday's Question Hour, but Modi stood up and walked away before that

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 4:36 PM IST
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Modi slams opposition, says undemocratic attempt to throttle voice of PM

Modi said people have given their verdict in the Lok Sabha polls and now all political parties must fight together for the country for the next five years

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 4:25 PM IST
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Musk's AI fashion show: World leaders, tech titans strut the runway. WATCH

The video features Elon Musk himself, alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, and more

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 1:28 PM IST
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Monsoon session: Parliament not for 'dal' but 'desh', PM Modi tells Oppn

PM Modi says Budget will be crucial for Amrit Kaal, accuses Opposition parties of 'scuttling his voice' in last Parliament session

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 12:26 PM IST
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Explained: What was the RSS ban on govt servants; lifted after 58 years

Narendra Modi-led central government on July 9 passed an order lifting a ban imposed by then Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Patel, following Mahatma Gandhi's assassination

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 11:42 AM IST
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PM Modi to visit Ladakh's Drass on July 26 to mark 25th Kargil Vijay Diwas

LG Mishra asked the concerned officials to complete all necessary arrangements on time.

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 10:48 AM IST
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News updates: Delhi court extends Manish Sisodia's judicial custody till July 26 in excise case

From Indian Army thwarting a major terror attack in Rajouri to Air India issuing full refunds for cancellation of flight due to Mumbai rain, catch all the latest LIVE updates here

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 10:43 PM IST
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Finance Minister to table Economic Survey on Day 1 of Budget session today

The Economic Survey of India 2023-24, along with a statistical appendix, will be laid on the table of the Houses of Parliament on Monday. The Budget for the Union Territory of J&K on 23 July.

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 10:15 AM IST
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Budget 2024 Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to present the Union Budget on Tuesday

Union Budget 2024: As Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Union Budget on Tuesday, markets expect tax cuts, infra spending, and a boost to rural demand. Stay with us for all updates

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 9:23 PM IST
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Eco Survey updates: FM Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday presented Economic Survey 2023-24 in Lok Sabha

Economic Survey 2024 news: The Economic Survey stated that short-term inflation outlook seems benign, but India faces persistent deficit in pulses

Updated On : 22 Jul 2024 | 9:29 PM IST
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India will contribute $1 million to Unesco World Heritage Centre: PM Modi

"A certificate programme in world heritage management has also started in India for young professionals," he added

Updated On : 21 Jul 2024 | 10:29 PM IST
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Matter of immense pride: PM on India's 4th position at Int'l Maths Olympiad

"Our contingent has brought home 4 Golds and one Silver Medal. This feat will inspire several other youngsters and help make mathematics even more popular," he said in a post on X

Updated On : 21 Jul 2024 | 10:59 PM IST
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