Narendra Modi performs puja in Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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Modi Victory
New Delhi, May 17: As the country sees its first light of the dawn under the new government, Narendra Modi, the would-be prime minister has prepared for  a victory procession to address the people of India in New Delhi, thanking them for their role in electing him as the Prime Minister of India. This is ahead of the first parliamentary panel meeting to be held here.

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Here are the live updates:

5:55 pm: The PM designate Narendra Modi visited Kashi Vishwanath Temple where he performed puja. Modi won election from Varanasi defeating AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress candidate Ajay Rai.

5:15: Narendra Modi's helicopter landed in Varanasi. Security has been beefed up in the city where the PM designate will perform Ganga Aarti later in the evening.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi arrives in Police Lines, Varanasi <a href="http://t.co/lB81hJBfyJ">pic.twitter.com/lB81hJBfyJ</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467636041860395008">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

3:05 pm: Huge preparations for Ganga Aarti. Modi to arrive at 4:30 pm.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Varanasi DM Pranjal Yadav hands over winning certificate of Modi to BJP leaders Rameshwar Chaurasia and Kaku Bhai <a href="http://t.co/4NPTU5Eyxq">pic.twitter.com/4NPTU5Eyxq</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467589402835709952">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

2:30 pm: In an irony, the DM of Varanasi who had denied entry of Narendra Modi for a rally, citing security reasons, is handing over the Modi winning certificate to BJP leaders Rameshwar Chaurasia and Kaku Bhai.

2:20 pm: Modi to head to Varanasi

1.56 am: Narendra Modi speaks.

1.54 pm:
BJP parliamentary party meet on May 20: Rajnath Singh. He said the oath-taking ceremony date will be decided after the parliamentary party leader is elected.

1.45 pm: BJP president Rajnath Singh speaks.

1.43 pm: Modi felicitated by other BJP leaders.

1.40 pm: BJP leaders address press conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>PM Manmohan Singh leaves after submitting resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee <a href="http://t.co/vXJ06PcdNA">pic.twitter.com/vXJ06PcdNA</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467570219439759360">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Meanwhile, outgoing Manmohan Singh meets the President and resigns.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Sushma Swaraj congratulates Narendra Modi at BJP's Parliamentary Board meet <a href="http://t.co/JUrddTJJAF">pic.twitter.com/JUrddTJJAF</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467566842479792128">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi and LK Advani at BJP's Parliamentary Board meet <a href="http://t.co/pqNvBD301u">pic.twitter.com/pqNvBD301u</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467565720805441536">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Rajnath Singh garlands Narendra Modi <a href="http://t.co/1KR1dHcMZa">pic.twitter.com/1KR1dHcMZa</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467564372869406720">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>LK Advani offers sweets to Narendra Modi at BJP's Parliamentary Board meet <a href="http://t.co/X98XLkwZH6">pic.twitter.com/X98XLkwZH6</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467564643464916992">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh at BJP's Parliamentary Board meet <a href="http://t.co/gNGPP7IDw7">pic.twitter.com/gNGPP7IDw7</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467564144334360576">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>BJP's Parliamentary Board meet begins <a href="http://t.co/nviy1orB1P">pic.twitter.com/nviy1orB1P</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467563863169183744">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi seeks LK Advani's blessings at BJP's Parliamentary Board meet <a href="http://t.co/I049z6Bnc7">pic.twitter.com/I049z6Bnc7</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467566200059215872">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12:45 pm: Narendra Modi started the meeting touching LK Advani's feet. BJP's parliamentary board meeting begins.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Rajnath Singh shares Laddoo with Narendra Modi at BJP HQ. <a href="http://t.co/pE2GhGQ302">pic.twitter.com/pE2GhGQ302</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467564787908354048">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12:25 pm: Amit Shah reaches BJP headquarters

12:20 pm: LK Advani reaches BJP headquarters

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Narendra Modi & Rajnath Singh release balloons in the air at BJP HQ <a href="http://t.co/FSZBAPoKIT">pic.twitter.com/FSZBAPoKIT</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467556605601398784">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12:15 pm: Modi chant echoes in BJP HQ

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Nitin Gadkari arrives at the airport <a href="http://t.co/5lgDPwAaSK">pic.twitter.com/5lgDPwAaSK</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467523273362653184">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12:18 pm: Nitin Gadkari reaches airport

12:10 pm: People have proved that Delhi can stand high and rise, unlike popular belief that it can never stand again. My heartiest congratulations to all the BJP karyakartas.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Priests chant prayers at BJP HQ ahead of Narendra Modi's arrival <a href="http://t.co/opTUxu7NBv">pic.twitter.com/opTUxu7NBv</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467525027655475202">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Preparations underway for Narendra Modi's victory rally in Delhi <a href="http://t.co/DuwkDU0anC">pic.twitter.com/DuwkDU0anC</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467527252419153920">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Narendra Modi reaches BJP HQ <a href="http://t.co/hL8SqOhcRK">pic.twitter.com/hL8SqOhcRK</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467555544408936448">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12:05 pm: Modi begins his speech. Greets the people of Delhi and said he is thankful that the people have joined him in the rally from the airport to the headquarters. "I request you all that you acknowledge the hardwork of the workers behind this who have been working for years. There have been many who sacrificed their lives for the party. And the fame goes to all of them. Most of all, the credit goes to the people of the country."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Sushma Swaraj reaches BJP HQ in Delhi <a href="http://t.co/a69jC5N0Kg">pic.twitter.com/a69jC5N0Kg</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467552513034428416">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

12:00: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj arrives at BJP headquarters

11:55 am: Meanwhile, outgoing PM Manmohan Singh's last cabinet meet begins.

11:20 am: Modi reaches Dhaulakuan. The streets are adorned with saffron, white and green balloons and the crowd is showing the new Prime MInister with flowers.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Crackers being burst at BJP HQ in celebration <a href="http://t.co/G2mgSNIsC4">pic.twitter.com/G2mgSNIsC4</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467553011716202496">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Narendra Modi greets supporters outside the airport <a href="http://t.co/BE3IhfoOEQ">pic.twitter.com/BE3IhfoOEQ</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467539695539216384">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Security tightened at BJP HQ ahead of Narendra Modi's arrival in New Delhi, NSG commados scan the HQ <a href="http://t.co/iuH9ftyyS3">pic.twitter.com/iuH9ftyyS3</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467515975357571072">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

11:10 am: NSG scans BJP headquarters.

11:05: Modi to hold BJP parliamentary panel meet in some time. The victory rally will be from Delhi airport till the headquarters.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Celebrations outside the airport ahead of Narendra Modi's arrival <a href="http://t.co/DqWCeOBpjm">pic.twitter.com/DqWCeOBpjm</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467518272120696833">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

10:55 pm: Modi waves at the crowd and raises the victory sign.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Celebrations ahead of Narendra Modi's arrival in Delhi <a href="http://t.co/bATKk9TQZj">pic.twitter.com/bATKk9TQZj</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467517298492723201">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Delhi: Security tightened ahead of Narendra Modi's arrival <a href="http://t.co/0WeN6myvMG">pic.twitter.com/0WeN6myvMG</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467516805410344960">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Celebrations ahead of Narendra Modi's arrival in Delhi <a href="http://t.co/7AZVBkLWEQ">pic.twitter.com/7AZVBkLWEQ</a></p>— ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/statuses/467517239470465024">May 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

10:45 am: Modi lands in New Delhi airport, which is crowded with his followers and the saffron brigade. He is driving to the BJP headquarters.

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