‘Started with two seats…’: PM Modi reminisces in victory speech, says development only poll plank

After a resounding victory in Bihar state assembly election and several bypoll elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed party workers in BJP headquarters in New Delhi. The victory celebration comes amid the Covid-19 pandemic and thousands of workers assembled at the venue.

“Thank you, not just because people voted for us but because we all celebrated this festival of democracy with great enthusiasm… The election may have been held in only some parts of the country but entire country’s attention was focused on news channels, Twitter and the election commission’s website,” he said.

“There is something that we have almost forgotten. Earlier, a day after polling, we used to get news of repolling, booth capture. But today we only read news of the increase in the percentage of votes, female voters,” the PM said.

Thanking JP Nadda for the victory, the Prime Minister said the implications of the results are far-reaching. “From east to west, from north to south, we won. It was an extension of what happened in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. If you are working tirelessly for the development of the country, voters will reward you. They will not be fooled by anything. This is what yesterday’s verdict has clearly shown us.”

Taking a journey down memory lane, PM Modi said there was a time whem the BJP had only two seats. “And we started from two rooms. But today we are everywhere. How did this happen? The answer lies in the verdict of yesterday. People are relying on our development plank. Development will be our only poll issue,” PM Modi said.

“Good railways, better airports, bridges, internet connectivity, some will say, are not important in elections. People are telling political parties that this is not the case. This is going to be the basis of development. People who did not understand this…have lost their deposits,” PM Modi said.

In his victory speech, the prime minister attributed BJP’s electoral success to BJP’s governance. “ When people think of governance, they think of BJP,” the PM said.

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