Pics: How Narendra Modi, Rajnath, Sushma celebrate on D-Day

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New Delhi, Sept 13: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has moved a step ahead of Congress in the race of Lok Sabha election which is expected to be held in 2014. While Congress has not cleared the air over its decision on PM candidate, BJP on Friday, Sept 13 made the crucial announcement.

As it was predicted earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been declared prime ministerial candidate for BJP. Despite veteran party leader LK Advani's reservation on the announcement, Rajnath Singh conducted the parliamentary board meeting at the party headquarter in the national capital.

Soon after the announcement, Modi said, "Today the BJP's national leadership has given a very big responsibility to some who has come from a very common family."

"I want to thank every small and big leader in the party and express my gratitude to them. I would like to assure them that in the 2014 elections I will not leave any stone unturned to ensure the BJP's victory in 2014," Modi said.

"I hope that they will support the BJP to help us get the country from this period," added Modi. Continuing his statement, the Gujarat CM claimed that he was confident that the entire nation would support BJP during Lok Sabha elections.

"I am very thankful to the media as well for expressing your valuable views that have helped in with the growth of the BJP," he said.

Modi with Murli Manohar Joshi

BJP senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi greets Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after declaring him the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in New Delhi.

Modi with Rajnath Singh

BJP President Rajnath Singh greets Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after declaring him the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in New Delhi on Friday.

Rajnath Singh greets Modi

BJP President Rajnath Singh greets Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after declaring him the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in New Delhi on Friday.

Modi with Sushma Swaraj

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj after he was declared as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in New Delhi on Friday.

Modi, Rajnath distribute sweets

BJP President Rajnath Singh offers sweets to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after declaring him the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, in New Delhi on Friday.

BJP supporters celebrate in Lucknow

BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Lucknow after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

BJP supporters celebrate in Ahmedabad

Muslim supporters celebrate in Ahmedabad after Narendra Modi was announced BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

BJP supporters celebrate in Mumbai

BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Mumbai after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

BJP supporters celebrate in Ranchi

Supporters celebrate with crackers in Ranchi after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

Celebration in Gujarat over Modi's elevation

Supporters of Narendra Modi celebrate in Ahmedabad after he was announced BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on Friday.

Celebration in UP over Modi's elevation

BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Lucknow after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

BJP activists in Mumbai

BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Mumbai after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

Gujaratis celebrate Modi's elevation

BJP activists and supporters celebrate in Allahabad after Narendra Modi was declared BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate on Friday.

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