Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and India's next prime minister Narendra Modi greets the crowd with a victory symbol outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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Thousands of flag-waving supporters mobbed Indian prime minister-elect Narendra Modi as he made a triumphant entrance in New Delhi Saturday after securing a historic victory for his Hindu nationalist party.The 63-year-old flew into Delhi's main airport in the late morning from his home state of Gujarat to bask in the glory of a landslide for the Bharatiya Janata Party and begin organising his cabinet. The controversial politician, a former tea boy tainted by anti-Muslim riots on his watch as chief minister in Gujarat, has the strongest mandate of any Indian leader in 30 years. The BJP won the first majority in parliament for 30 years on Friday after a campaign by Modi focused on delivering new jobs, development and clean government.Modi's supporters on Saturday were insistent that their hero had been elected on a mandate to change India by creating jobs, developing infrastructure and battling endemic corruption."We need a strong government in India," he added.In his first comments on Friday night, Modi was at pains to stress that he would work for all of India's 1.2 billion people -- including its 150 million Muslims -- to make this "India's century".
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