Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was thankful to the citizens of Gujarat for heeding his advice that the BJP should better its Assembly seats tally of 127 that the party won in 2002 when he was the state’s chief minister. Leading the victory celebrations at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, the prime minister said that such was the response of the people of Gujarat, that they ensured the BJP “broke the all-time record” of the highest number of seats won in the state.
“I thank the people of Delhi, Gujarat and Himachal. The BJP has been receiving love from across the country. Not just in Gujarat, we had a big win in the UP by-election in Rampur too,” he said.
About the BJP’s tally of 156 seats in the Gujarat elections, he said, “I had said during the campaign in Gujarat that this time Narendra Modi’s record has to be broken, that Bhupendra (Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel) will break Narendra’s record, and for that Narendra will work relentlessly and with all his heart and mind. And that resonated with the people.”
Modi said that “Gujarat’s love for the BJP despite it being in power for 25 years is unprecedented”. “It’s the people of Gujarat who have broken all records and rewrote history,” he said.
NOT DISAPPOINTED WITH HIMACHAL RESULT
Addressing the BJP’s defeat to the Congress in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, he said, “In Himachal, ‘raj‘ may have changed, but the ‘riwaz’ (tradition) has also changed, as there was a gap of less than 1% in vote share of the top two parties. This has never been the case in Himachal. This is the first time that such a thin margin was recorded in the state,” he said.
Modi said that the BJP will continue to serve the people of Himachal. Regarding Gujarat, he said, “In these elections, people in Gujarat from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all castes and faiths have come together and voted for the BJP. The youth too have voted for BJP. Today’s youth vote only when they trust in the party. The vision for BJP in these polls was ‘Viksit Gujarat se Viksit Bharat ka nirmaan‘.”
Modi said that when the country aims high, “they know they can trust the BJP”. “When they need the nation to make tough decisions, they know they can trust the BJP, when their aspirations are sky-high, they know they can trust the BJP to deliver,” he said.
The PM said it was “commendable that in these elections, people have truly celebrated the festival of democracy and ensured that not even in a single booth was re-election or re-polling required.”
“The reason why the BJP is loved so much across the nation is because the people of this nation know that BJP has the conviction and courage to take bold and tough decisions. This is also reflected in the ever-growing support and trust that BJP is gaining with time,” he said.
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