Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Gujarat today for the massive and record-breaking tenure in the Assembly elections, saying he was ‘humbled by your trust and faith in us’. Speaking at the party headquarters in Delhi, Prime Minister Modi – whose personal popularity and contribution to victory are considered most important – shed light on his role.
“I had said during the campaign in Gujarat that this time Narendra Modi’s record (of 127 seats in 2002) should be broken relentlessly and with all his heart and mind,” he said This, he added, “resonated with people”.
There was also a word about the Chief Minister’s personal achievement. “Today Bhupendra-bhai Patel won his seat by over 2 lakh votes – that’s phenomenal – winning an assembly seat by 2 lakh votes is something that doesn’t even happen to most seats of Lok Sabha,” the prime minister said.
Mr Patel will continue as Chief Minister of the State. He will be sworn in on Monday.
Speaking after party leader JP Nadda, who launched a merciless attack on Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party, Prime Minister Modi’s approach was softer. There was an archaic reference to “mining fault lines”.
“Those political parties which today are trying to exploit the fault lines and pose new challenges to India from within just to make political gains, these parties are watched and understood by the people of the nation” , Prime Minister Modi said.
“They might find a lot to exploit and divide people, but there is one thing that unites us all – our motherland. And we in the BJP are only working for the benefit of the motherland. Today, the BJP is the first choice of most people in India,” he added.
Without naming anyone, he also warned party workers against “fake news and lies”.
“I will be targeted and you will all be targeted as well… So be prepared. And how will you do this? By being patient and increasing your sehen-shakti (tolerance). forward with an attitude of humility and service,” he added.
The BJP hit a score of over 150 in the first hours of vote counting today and stayed firmly there, keeping the Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party to a combined score of under 25. The party is currently leading on 156 seats – 57 more than in 2017. Congress hopes to win 17 seats and the AAP debuted with five.