Hundreds of BJP supporters sporting Modi masks and saffron scarfs thronged the IGI airport in Delhi to greet the next Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The crowds went berserk and raised slogans after Narendra Modi stepped out of Terminal 3 where he was greeted by BJP leaders including the seven MPs from Delhi. Party president Rajnath Singh too was there to receive the man of the moment. The Gujarat chief minister then began his roadshow from the airport to the party headquarters at Ashoka Road. On his way, Modi stopped at several points to wave at the ecstatic crowds and flashed the victory sign repeatedly. The PM nominee was in town for the crucial BJP Parliamentary Board meeting that would decide the future course of action including government formation. As he entered the BJP headquarters, senior party leaders, including LK Advani, rushed to greet BJP’s poster boy and Gujarat chief minister. Modi then greeted Advani and lunged forward to pay his respect when the veteran leader embraced him. This was a clear departure from Advani’s comments yesterday that had set tongues wagging. “How much role (Narendra) Modi’s leadership has to play in it, how much contribution did the RSS make, has to be assessed,” he had earlier said. The PM nominee then addressed the sea of supporters and thanked them for rekindling “new hope” with their enduring spirit.”As a person, Modi requests all of you; don’t give credit for this victory to Modi. It is a result of hard work of lakhs of workers. This victory belongs to those four-five generations who have toiled hard since 1952,” he said. The Parliamentary Board then felicitated Modi and thanked him for leading such a spirited campaign. Soon after the meeting, Rajnath Singh said, “The BJP parliamentary board has thanked Modi for leading a successful campaign. Narendra bhai Modi gave a vision to our campaign, the parliamentary board has praised that.” He then went on to add that though Modi has been elected to be the prime minister, the final decision would be taken during the next parliamentary board meeting on May 20. “I also want to make it clear that the dates for Modi’s elevation as Prime Minister has not been finalised as yet,” he said. Soon after, Modi left for Varanasi where he will first offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and then attend the famous Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. Accompanying Modi in his flight to Varanasi were his key aide Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh. Security arrangements have been tightened ahead of Modi’s visit to the temple town and a team of special police from Gujarat has already sanitised the area where Modi could stop. It is likely that Modi would address the crowds in Varanasi and a large number of people are expected to attend the jamboree.