Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday after storming back to power. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is headed for a comfortable majority in the 17th Lok Sabha as election trends show that the BJP is likely to cross the 300 mark on its own and the NDA may bag over 350 seats – a party or alliance needs 272 to form government. Party workers gathered at the BJP headquarter in hoards celebrate as the TSUNAMO 2.0 swept India. In an earlier tweet PM Narendra Modi said that India has won yet again. “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again!,” PM Narendra Modi said in the tweet. Congratulatory messages have poured in from across the globe as world leaders have tweeted and called to send their wishes to the returning Prime Minister.
BJP chief Amit Shah hailed PM Narendra Modi’s leadership and called the BJP victory a ‘historic win’ and said that it was a triumph against the ideology of the ‘tukde tukde gang’. Modi and Shah reached BJP HQ in New Delhi at about 7 pm.
8.30 pm: Won’t act with ill-intention, says PM Modi. “They used to make fun of ‘panna pramukhs’, now they can see what power and importance a ‘panna pramukh’ has,” says Modi.
8.20 pm: PM Narendra Modi: 2014 se 2019 aate aate secularism ki jamaat ne bolna bandh kar diya. Is chunaav mein ek bhi rajnetik dal secularism ka naqab pehen kar janta ko gumrah nahi kar paya
8.19 pm: There will be only two castes in India- poor and those who work towards eliminating poverty, says PM Modi as he addresses BJP workers after a victory.
8.17 pm: “I was busy today. So I couldn’t pay attention to results. I don’t have much information about it. But I was briefed by the party president. I’ll see it in detail. But from what he told me, that itself indicates that political pundits will have to change their 20th-century thinking,” says Modi.
8.10 pm: Aaj desh ke koti-koti nagrikon ne iss fakir ki jholi ko bhar diya hai. Main Bharat ke 130 crore nagrikon ka sar jhuka kar ke naman karta hoon- PM Modi.
8.06 am: “If someone has won, it’s Hindustan that has won, its democracy has won. It’s public that has won, & therefore, all BJP & NDA people with humility dedicate this victory to the public. I congratulate all the winners, no matter from which party or which region they contested- says PM Modi.
8.03 pm: PM Narendra Modi: Since the country got independence, so many elections took place, but the maximum voting took place in this election, & that too in 40-42 degree temperature
7.57 pm: PM Modi addressing party workers at BJP headquarters: Aaj svayam Meghraja bhi is vijay utsav mein shareek hone ke liye hamare beech hain.
7.49 pm: “I would like to tell Chandrababu Naidu ji, had he worked so hard to get votes then TDP’s account would have opened,” says BJP chief Amit Shah.
7.45 pm: This is a victory against the ‘tukde tukdegang’ ideology, says BJP chief Amit Shah. He expressed happiness over the BJP victory in West Bengal and said that in future, the party will ‘sweep’ West Bengal.
7.42 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah at BJP HQ: This is a historic victory. After 50 years someone has won an absolute majority for the second time in a row.
7.35 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah hails PM Modi’s leadership. Calls it the victory of his vision. Ridiculing mahagathbandhan, Shah said that the BJP has received more than 50 per cent votes across states.
7.25 pm: Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, JP Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot and former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan greet people at BJP Headquarters.
7.21 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP Headquarters in Delhi, rose petals showered by party workers.
7.12 pm: PM Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Set to address BJP workers shortly.
7.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address party workers at the BJP Headquarters.
Even as counting is still underway for Lok Sabha elections 2019, the verdict is clear that Narendra Modi is set to return to power with a mandate stronger than the one that made him Prime Minister in 2014. According to the numbers shared by the Election Commission at about 5.30 pm, the BJP is leading on over 300 seats.
Earlier, taking to Twitter, Modi thanked voters for the ‘faith’ placed in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He also removed Chowkidaar from his Twitter handle and said that the word will remain an integral part of him.
“Thank you, India! The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us the strength to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspirations. I salute every BJP Karyakarta for their determination, perseverance & hard work. They went home to home, elaborating on our development agenda,” Modi said in a tweet.
“Now, the time has come to take the Chowkidar Spirit to the next level. Keep this spirit alive at every moment and continue working for India’s progress. The word ‘Chowkidar’ goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me. Urging you all to do the same too!”
he said in another tweet.