PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday likened his campaign for this Lok Sabha election to a pilgrimage, saying it stood out from other polls as it was being fought by the people and not the party alone. He made these remarks at a meeting of ministers of his Government at the BJP headquarters where he thanked them for their work, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters. “I have seen many elections but this one was beyond politics.
Public was fighting them. I have campaigned in Assembly elections and undertaken political tours for the party in different elections. When I toured during these polls, it seemed that I was on a pilgrimage,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying. He met Union Ministers from the BJP as well as allies at the meeting- called ‘Aabhar milan’ (expressing gratitude)- hosted by party president Amit Shah. Shah also later hosted a dinner for party leaders and allies.
The BJP described the meeting as an occasion to thank ministers for “their service to the nation” ahead of the counting of votes on May 23, following which a new government will assume charge. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, J P Nadda and Prakash Javadekar were among the key leaders from the BJP at the meeting. Some ministers from BJP allies, including Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party, Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Akali Dal and Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal, also attended the meeting.
In the dinner meet, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, besides other allies were present. The BJP camp has expressed confidence that the NDA will emerge victorious, with the exit polls too forecasting a return of the Modi Government. At NDA meeting, Modi expresses concern over ‘needless controversy’ over EVMs: Modi expressed concern over the “needless controversy” created by the Opposition over EVMs at a meeting of NDA leaders, even as the ruling alliance laid out its agenda for the next five years if it is elected to power again.
At the BJP-led ruling alliance meeting, which was attended by 36 parties, a resolution was passed, terming the 2019 general election decisive for the country and pledging to make India “strong, developed, prosperous and inclusive” by 2022 when India completes 75 years of its Independence, party leader and Union minister Rajnath Singh told reporters. In his address, Prime Minister stressed on the need to change the narrative from caste lines and orient it for the poor, Singh said. He expressed concern over the Opposition making “needless controversy” over electronic voting machines, the Home Minister said. The resolution was proposed by BJP ally and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.