New Delhi: Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clinched a sweeping victory in the Gujarat assembly elections Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I had told the people of Gujarat that this time Narendra’s (his own) record should be broken. I promised that Narendra (Modi) will work hard so that Bhupendra (Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel) can break Narendra’s record.” Modi had been Chief Minister of Gujarat between 2001 and 2014, when he stepped down to become the Prime Minister of the country.
Celebrations at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi had started in full swing since the morning, as the counting of votes indicated the party’s victory in a state where it has been in power since 1995.
Addressing the crowd of BJP supporters and party workers raising slogans in praise of the PM, Modi said, “Gujarat has broken all records by giving the biggest mandate to BJP in the history of Gujarat”.
The PM added that because of people’s affection and blessings, even in places where the party didn’t win, its vote share had increased.
“The blessings and affection of the people have been extraordinary. I bow to them. Even where we didn’t win, our vote share increased. We won in Rampur. The result in Bihar also indicates future trend in the state,” he added.
ThePrint’s Suraj Singh Bisht and Manisha Mondal bring moments from the celebration at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi.