In Lok Sabha victory speech, Narendra Modi says 'I trust all 125 crore people will move with me'

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: May 17 2014, 06:55am hrs
MNarendra Modi-led BJP masterminds most resounding election victory in India in 30 years.
After a landslide victory, Narendra Modi today reached out to the opposition seeking cooperation of all parties and leaders in running the nation and dedicated himself to serve everyone equally.

In a gracious 45-minute victory speech here, Modi said the government does not belong to any particular party but to all the people of the country.

"For a government, no one is a favourite, nor is anyone an alien," he asserted to a cheering crowd of supporters whom he thanked for giving him a victory by 5.70 lakh votes.

Committing himself to running the country in the best spirit of the Constitution, Modi said, "my responsibility is to take everyone along in running the nation."

"In a democracy, there are no enemies but only competitors. That competition ends with elections," he said, adding his motto is "sabka sath, sabka vikas (with all, development for all)."

Congratulating winners in the Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly elections in some states irrespective of parties, Modi said, "I extend my best wishes to MPs and MLAs of all parties. I hope that I will get their support in taking the country forward."

Apparently referring to recrimination during the campaign, he said he would convert the "love" shown by his opponents into "pure love".

"In a democracy, there are no enemies but only competitors. This competition is the beauty of our democracy," he said, adding "bitterness" is over with the campaign.

"I want to assure the people of the country that for us it is our motto to carry along everyone however much they may oppose us. We will try to ensure that there will be nothing lacking on this front," he said.

Modi underlined the significance of his victory by saying that it was the first time after Independence that a non-Congress party has got absolute majority on its own.

The 63-year-old leader also emphasised that for the first time the reins of power have come to those born after Independence.

Speaking amid chants of "Modi, Modi, Modi", he said, "Whatever may be the scale of victory, it is our responsibility in government to take everyone along. I need your blessings to achieve this humbly."

Presenting himself as an "mazdoor number one", he said nobody, even his rivals, questions the hardwork put in by him.

"For the next 60 months, you will not get a better 'mazdoor' (labourer)," the Prime Ministerial candidate said.

In an interactive style, the four-time Chief Minister told the crowd that till now he belonged to them, but they have now made him "national".

"You have reposed trust in me, I repose trust in you... When I take one step, I trust all the 125 crore people will move with me," he said.

Referring to the thumping victory with a margin of over 5.70 lakh votes, Modi said he expressed his gratitude to the electorate of this constituency.

"After filing my nomination, I could spend only 50 minutes with you but you gave me victory by 5.70 lakh margin.

I have checked up and found that only P V Narasimha Rao had won by such a big margin and that was in a bye election. Mine has been recorded in a general election," he said.

He promised to return the love showered on him by the electorate of this constituency by taking its development to new heights.

Modi, who also won from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, made an oblique reference to the denial of permission for his election rally in the temple town. "People of Banaras have put their stamp of approval on my silence."

Here are the highlights of Narendra Modi's speech post BJP's record win in the 2014 lok Sabha electrions:

* Modi starts his speech with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' chants

* Whole media wanted me to speak something since morning, says Narendra Modi

* Narendra Modi salutes people of Vadodara for their support

* Vadodara has given me a margin of 5.70 lakh votes even after I spent only 50 minutes after filing nomination here: Modi.

* Vadodara has created history by giving a victory margin of 5.7 lakh votes, a record in general elections

* Good days are coming and from today for next five years the journey has started, says Narendra Modi

* In Varanasi, people have put a stamp on my silence, an apparent reference to refusal of permission to address a meeting: Modi.

* Gujarat has created history by giving all the 26 seats to BJP: Modi

* First time after independence a non-Congress party has been given majority on its own in the current elections, says Modi.

* For the first time, the country will be run by one who was born after independence: Modi

* "With all and development for all" will be my government's motto and not an empty slogan: Modi

* I hope I will get cooperation from all political parties and leaders in running the nation: Modi