Modi pitches himself for national role
His audience, thronging the lanes around the BJP office, roared in approval, “Desh ka neta kaisa ho, Narendra Modi jaisa ho,” and “NM for PM”.
In victory, Modi was generous, even issuing what appeared to be an unusual apology for unspecified “mistakes”, and asking the people to “forgive” (him).
“I have made many tough decisions in my 11-year tenure. Sometimes my colleagues, some villages and some sections have been hurt by them. There was a wave of objections, but I did what I felt was necessary. But today, those same detractors have come to my side and have supported me,” he said.
The Gujarati voter, fired by “pro-incumbency”, was the day’s hero, he said again and again. “If India is in any kind of want or need then Gujarat should be able to reach out and provide a solution. I have chosen this path to serve Mother India and through this decision, voters in Gujarat have paved the way for me to work for the country.”
He took expected digs at the media and pundits: “Political pundits must know that Gujarat has renounced caste-based politics and has become mature. Voters have risen above region-based politics that was practised in the 90s. The results prove that the voter knows what is right for