‘This is victory of world’s biggest democracy': PM Modi addresses India after NDA's third win in Lok Sabha elections

NewsBharati    05-Jun-2024 10:18:34 AM
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As the BJP-led NDA is likely to return to power at the Centre, despite its failure to secure a majority, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is indebted to the people for all the love and blessings showered on him.

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Addressing the party workers at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, he said,

“The people of the country have placed their entire faith in the BJP and the NDA. This victory is the victory of the biggest democracy in the world. This is the victory of a promise for Viksit Bharat … this is the victory of the mantra of sabka saath, sabka vikaas.”

As Modi arrived at the headquarters, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP national president JP Nadda garlanded him. The PM took to the stage amid slogans like ‘Modi-Modi’, ‘Jai Shri Ram’ filling the air.

He touched upon the historical significance of NDA government’s consecutive third term.

“It is for the first time since 1962, a govt will return for a third term.”

Listing out the positives for the BJP in this elections, Modi pointed that NDA has won in all the simultaneous Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, AP, Odisha, Sikkim, while the Congress lost all.

“In Kerala, the BJP has won a seat. Our workers in Kerala have sacrificed a lot … they have served for many generations, and their wait of many generations has now led to success. In Telangana, our numbers have doubled. In Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, our party has seen a clean sweep,” he said.

Looking back at the 2014 mandate, the prime minister said,

“Ten years ago, the country voted for change. That was the time when people could not see any hope. Newspaper headlines everyday spoke of scams. The youth were anxious about their future. We worked with integrity … and in 2019, the people of the country, once again, gave us their mandate. Now for the third time, for the blessings that the NDA has received, I would like to bow down before the people of the country.”

Remembering his mother, who passed away in December 2022, Modi said: “Today is an emotional moment for me personally as well. This was my first election after I lost my mother.” But the mothers, sisters, daughters of the country did not let him feel this loss, he said, adding, “I cannot express this love in words.”
Moments before addressing the party workers, Modi took to X and termed NDA’s third consecutive victory ‘a historic feat in India’s history’ and hailed the efforts of karyakartas for the mandate.

“People have placed their faith in NDA, for a third consecutive time! This is a historic feat in India’s history. I bow to the Janata Janardan for this affection and assure them that we will continue the good work done in the last decade to keep fulfilling the aspirations of people. I also salute all our Karyakartas for their hard work. Words will never do justice to their exceptional efforts,” PM Modi wrote.

Long-planned campaigns, riding on ‘ab ki baar, 400 paar’ slogan, seemed to produce an desired results for the NDA this Lok Sabha elections as Tuesday’s results saw the alliance struggling to even touch 300-mark right from the early hours.

On the other hand, the Congress’s massive comeback pushed the BJP to lean on its allies after it failed to emerge as the single largest party. The stakes are high for the Congress-led Opposition, which has consolidated into the INDIA bloc, and is looking forward to a winning total of around 230 seats.

The results are also in contrary to the exit poll results that predicted a resounding return of the NDA winning close to 400 seats, with maximum contribution from the saffron party that was expected to better its 2019 tally of 303 seats. The Opposition has dismissed the exit poll predictions, reposing its faith in “people’s polls”.