Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a floral welcome upon his arrival at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday ahead of the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting to decide on the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Modi also held roadshow instead of simply driving down to the BJP headquarters in New Delhi for the meeting.
Posters and hoardings congratulating Modi on his success in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh were put along the road in the capital. He is currently addressing party workers outside the party office. BJP President Amit Shah also addressed the huge gathering.
Here are the live updates:
7:07 pm IST: “Whenever elections have been held in India, BJP’s vote share has been rising. The party keeps bettering its record. The credit grows to party chief Amit Shah, the national leadership and the state units. I congratulate them for this win. BJP is the biggest democratic party. Winning elections is not a big deal. Winning them fairly and democratically and important. And Amit Shah has achieved that,” says PM Modi amid chants of ‘Modi Modi’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.
7:04 pm IST: “The election results are also an emotional issue for us as this year marks the centenary celebrations of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. Uttar Pradesh was once his ‘karmabhoomi’,” says PM Modi.
He added: “I can identify the power of the poor. If we empower them, the country would progress. Today, the middle class has to suffer an follow principles and rules. This has to be made less now. This is why, the middle class has more patience. Once the poor is empowered, the burden on middle class would disappear.”
7:03 pm IST: “India can prosper only when the poor get an opportunity to study, work and ear. The poor of this country are its strength. The middle class is burdened today. They have to pay more taxes, follow all the rules, bear a huge financial burden. This burden should lessen,” says the PM.
7:01 pm IST: “The BJP should be humbled by the massive victory margin… and use this as an opportunity to serve the people. This win is like an order from the voters and we have to follow these orders,” says PM Modi
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6:59 pm IST: “The poor are saying: ‘I want to progress and I seek the opportunity from you’. This is the foundation of a new India. With these wins we have the responsibility of being humble. Power is not about posts. Power is an opportunity to serve,” says PM Modi.
“Generations of individuals have given their lives to build this party. They travelled all over India to make the party strong. Atalji, Advaniji have sown the seeds in the country to see this result. These elections are an emotional issue for us. They come when we mark the centenary celebrations of Pandit Deen Dayal Ji… Antyodaya is integral to our work. We understand the strength of India’s poor,” the PM added.
6:55 pm IST: “People are voting for development now. I see a new India in the making. I am witnessing the foundation of a new India with the results of the elections…. I see aspirations of youth and women in this new India. Even the poor want to be self-reliant in this new India. Election victory is nothing but an order of the public. We must strive to carry out this order of the public,” says PM Modi.
6:52 pm IST: “There are many reasons for a win but such an empathetic win after such a record turnout is special and makes everyone think. Elections empower people to participate in nation-building. It is a positive sign for democracy to see people coming out in large numbers to exercise their franchise,” says PM Modi
6:48 pm IST: PM Modi wishes everyone a Happy Holi and says that every festival is a symbol of progress. He added that he hopes that the festival of Holi “will give us the power to serve.”
“I wish everyone a very, very Happy Holi. Holi inspires us to destroy all shortcomings. It give us the strength to go forth with our schemes for the betterment of mankind. Besides electing governments, elections are also an event of creating awareness. That is very important for a country like India. People are coming to vote in large numbers and celebrating the festival of democracy.”
6:45 pm IST: PM Modi addresses party workers outside BJP headquarters in Delhi.
6:41 pm IST: BJP leaders including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah felicitate Modi on stage.
6:38 pm IST: “Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holi. This Holi has been very bright and auspicious for the country and BJP. The election results have PM Modi’s development agenda. The win in UP is unprecedented. We will form the government with a comfortable majority. In Uttarakhand, we have won with 3/4 majority. People of Goa and Manipur have supported us and our performance has been brilliant,” says Amit Shah while addressing party workers outside BJP office.
“The mandate given by the people this time, is two steps ahead of the 2014 election mandate. It is BJP’s pro-poor policies that helped us win elections,” Shah added.
This comes after the BJP registered an astounding win in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly Elections. BJP workers lined up the streets starting from Windsor place roundabout till the BJP’s office at Ashoka Road awaiting the prime minister’s arrival. Modi arrived at Hotel Le Meridien in his SUV following the roadshow and walked down to the BJP office, greeting party workers along his way.
#WATCH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a warm welcome as he arrives at BJP HQ in Delhi, greets the crowd #ElectionResults pic.twitter.com/scZMAbe9Qv
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According to NDTV, the roadshow is being held after taking into account the sentiments of the party workers who wanted a direct interaction with PM Modi. They believe that it was the prime minister who led the party to victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The party also believes that the roadshow will help Modi reach out not just to those states who voted for BJP, but also to those who are preparing for polls including Gujarat.
The prime minister will chair a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board following the roadshow. In the meeting, dates for the legislature parties to meet in Lucknow and Dehradun to elect the chief ministers for the states will be decided upon. The leaders will also work on a strategy in Goa and Manipur – two states where the party put up an impressive show but failed to win a majority.
Dinesh Sharma, who is the mayor of Lucknow, is reportedly one of the faces for the CM’s post in the state. Siddharth Nath Singh is also said to be one of the ministers being considered by the party leadership. And UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya is also in the race.
NDTV quoted BJP sources as saying that spiritual guru Satpal Maharaj is one of the front runners for the CM’s post in Uttarakhand.