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Emotional Modi pledges to serve India ahead of swearing-in

India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi receives a bouquet from BJP Members of Parliament as he arrives at the Parliament building in New Delhi on May 20, 2014India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi choked back tears Tuesday and promised to try to live up to expectations as he made his first visit to parliament since his sweeping election victory. The 63-year-old leader bowed and kissed the steps of the building as he entered for a meeting of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, later announcing that he would take the oath as prime minister on May 26th. Other BJP figures could be seen weeping. He said “the common man has got renewed self-confidence and faith in democracy” after the victory last Friday by the BJP, which won the first majority by a single party since 1984.

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