Shanghai, May 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his humble best when he said during a speech addressing the Indian diaspora here on Saturday that no one would make him the PM looking at his bio data.
He said he is grateful to millions of Indians whose determination made the impossible a possible. He said it is what the magic of Indian democracy creates. [I have not taken a vacation, PM Modi says in Shanghai]
Saturday also marked the first anniversary of the triumph of the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha election. The BJP became the first party in 30 years to get an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha by winning 282 seats. The NDA won 334 seats. [PM Modi woos Indian community in Shanghai]
Modi, who spoke for nearly an hour before a 5,000-strong audience, said whatever the opposition told about him was right but their apprehensions were wrong. He said a tea-seller's son can become the prime minister only in a democracy like India. [Will making China a part of 'Make in India' campaign prove to be risky?]
He said the criticism makes his determination to work hard even stronger.
The Indian PM called the gathering in Shanghai a Mini India and said he did not think that he would be in front of a mini India after a year of coming to power.
celebrated the first anniversary of his spectacular victory in the national elections last year with what was a 53-minute address to what he called a "mini India" in Shanghai.
Modi said he has been working hard for all Indians despite the criticism from the opposition. He also spread awareness about environmental conservation, saying all of us should treat Planet Earth as our own mother.