The Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre completed three years in office on Friday (May 26). Three years ago in 2014, over 1.2 billion people in India had pinned their hopes on Modi to make the country an economic and political superpower.
Modi was elected prime minister of the country on May 16, 2014 in a landslide victory powering the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the biggest win the country has seen in last 30 years. He took oath as PM on May 26, 2014. The ceremony was attended by prominent leaders from abroad, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
PM Modi launched several initiatives during his term so far including Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan, Clean Ganga Mission, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Digital India and Make in India to name a few. He also made several trips to foreign countries to gain a foothold on the global platform and make India a force to reckon with. He has shown particular interest in developing the rural sector and initiating projects to benefit farmers and the agricultural sector.
In November 2016, the Modi government made its biggest and most important decision to demonetise Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 legal tenders in an attempt to curb the menace of black money and corruption in India. The dramatic announcement to demonetise the curency notes was made by the PM himself on the evening of November 8 last year.
The jury is still out on whether the decision yielded positive results or improved the economy of the nation.
As the Modi government completes three years in power on May 26, 2017, we take a look at the highlights of his time in office.