Narendra Modi on Thursday (August 13) crossed a significant milestone in his political journey as he became the longest-serving non-Congress Prime Minister of India. PM Modi surpassed Bharatiya Janata Party’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee to achieve the feat.
Overall, PM Modi is now India’s fourth longest-serving premier, behind Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh – all from Congress.
“Today, PM Modi becomes the longest-serving Indian PM of non-Congress origin. Vajpayee ji served for 2,268 days in all his terms combined. Today PM Modi has surpassed this tenure,” the BJP said.
Modi took oath as the 14th PM of the country on May 26, 2014, and secured another term on May 30, 2019. The BJP won both the general elections by a handsome margin.
A tea-seller in his teens, Modi joined the BJP in 1985 and held several posts before getting elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, a post which he served for 13 long years. In 2013, he was named as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and the rest is history.
Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first PM, remains the longest-serving premier as he held the post for 17 years after independence. His daughter, Indira Gandhi, was India’s PM for nearly 16 years, whereas Manmohan Singh served two consecutive terms of five years each.