Ahmedabad: Buoyed by the tremendous success of his party in Gujarat’s fiercely contested Assembly elections, incumbent Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that it was the victory of 6 crore voters of his state.
“The outcome of assembly polls has proved that the voters clearly know what is good and bad for them. The poll results of Gujarat once again proves the maturity of its electorate,” Modi said while addressing a vast gathering of his supporters here.
Thanking the voters of his state for giving him the third term in a row, Modi said, “The voters of Gujarat have risen above petty politics and voted for BJP keeping their future in mind.”
Delivering his post-win speech in Hindi, Modi said, “Voters here have discarded the caste politics of 1980s. I am glad that the voters here have sent a strong message across the state by voting for good governance and development.”
Amidst thunderous applause and shouting of slogans like ‘Jai Hind’ ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai,’ Modi gave the credit to 6 crore voters of Gujarat for his party’s remarkable victory in the 2012 elections.
“Voters of Gujarat are today’s heroes,” the Chief Minister said, while adding, “I promise to continue the good work of my government and deliver what we have promised.”
The aggressive BJP leader further stated that the Gujarat voters have voted intelligently and rejected the politics of divide.
Rejecting the popular perception that the government employees were dissatisfied under his rule, he said, “76% of postal ballots by government employees went to BJP.”
In a direct reference to his political opponents, he said “There are no political opponents in democracy. I wish to work with all of them.”
The firebrand Gujarat leader, while seeking the blessings of the people of Gujarat said, “My next five years will be dedicated to the betterment of my people.”
Modi concluded by saying, “If I had made any mistake, I apologies for that.”
The incumbent Chief Minister earlier scored a massive win on the day votes were counted for the keenly contested two-phased electoral battle with the BJP winning 115 seats out of the total 182.
As per the latest updates, the BJP has so far won 116 seats, while the Congress finished a poor second with only 61 seats.
Modi’s challenger Keshubhai Patel of Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) failed miserably in his mission to uproot the man who had taken over from him as Chief Minister in 2002 and has never looked back since.
The GPP has won only two seats - one of the two winners being Keshubhai himself. Others won four seats.
An emphatic victory for Narendra Modi means that the chorus within the BJP for a bigger role in the party’s national affairs is set to grow. Modi has also won his Maninagar seat beating Shweta Bhatt of the Congress by a whopping 86,373 votes.
There is more ignominy for the Congress - many of its major leaders have lost their elections, including the Congress Legislature Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil and three MPs that it had fielded - Kunvarji Bavalia, Somabhai G Patel and Vitthal Radadia, who recently gained notoriety for brandishing a gun at a toll booth attendant.