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Modi becomes longest serving CM of Gujarat


Posted: Jun 01, 2007 at 1904 hrs IST

Chief Minister Narendra Modi became the longest serving head of Gujarat with completion of five years and almost eight months of his rule, officials source said.

Modi, who took over as Chief Minister on October 7, 2001, completed 2063 days of rule on Friday.

Gujarat since its formation in 1960 had as many as 14 Chief Ministers in 47 years, but no former Chief Minister of state have served for more than 2062 days.

Prior to Modi, former Chief Minister Hitendra Desai was the longest serving head of the state, being in power for 2062 days.

Modi's term has seen worst riots in the history of the state in 2002 following the Godhra train carnage and allegations against his government in the fake encounter case of Soharrabudin Sheikh.

On the other hand Modi has been praised by top industrialists of the country during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit in January 2007 for taking the state to new heights in terms of development.

"I have decided to spend the first day (June 1) of becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of the state with adivasi (tribals) of the state and for their development," Modi told a gathering of tribals at a function in Valod taluka of Surat district.

Modi spent the day inaugurating projects in tribal areas of the state.

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