• A victory for the people, a victory for India and the triumph of the ballot

  • A victory for the people, a victory for India and the triumph of the ballot

    May 12, 2014 Author: Narendra Modi

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    Dear Friends,

    India has voted. 

    The biggest festival of democracy has just concluded and in those lakhs of EVMs lays the verdict of the people of India. Counting of votes will take place on 16thof May but today we already have the undisputed winners and they are the people of India! Once again, India has won, the power of the ballot has triumphed and the spirit of democracy has shown itself to be supreme.

    Narendra Modi blogs on the conclusion of 2014 Lok Sabha Elections

    I would like to express my gratitude to the Election Commission for conducting this mammoth exercise.I thank and salute all those countless election staff, security personnel and police personnel without whom no Election is possible.

    It is unfortunate that we witnessed some untoward incidents during the poll process during which some lives were lost. I salute all those who wereunfortunately martyred and offer my deepest condolences to their families. These brave individuals lived and died for democracy. It is our duty to ensure that their sacrifices do not go in vain. 

    History will remember the 2014 Elections as historic and marking a paradigm shift from conventional electioneering. Normally, the party in power sets the agenda of the campaign but for the first time it was not the case. Far from setting the agenda, the ruling party was neither proactive nor responsive. It was only reactive throughout the campaign

    What makes me very happy is the fact that the NDA remained firm on our agenda of development and good governance. We did not stop there; we successfully forced these two issues to become the focal point of the campaign. Yes, there were attempts to digress from these issues but we remained firm. The result was- those who wanted to praise us said we were doing well and those who wanted to critique us kept saying ‘we are doing better than BJP ruled states.’ An election must be fought on positive issues and I am glad we were able to alter the discourse in a way that helped people make their choices on the basis of a positive agenda.

    2014 Lok Sabha elections will stand out for the increased turnout. Whenever polling would end for a particular phase, I would eagerly wait for the polling numbers and invariably my joy would increase seeing the jump in turnout.  Be it the cities or villages, old or young, men or women, everyone voted in large numbers. In most of the places it was sweltering, in some places there was rain and in some of the places in the hills it was cool apart from the hilly terrain but none of this deterred people from going out and voting.

    Here I want to make a special mention for the increasing turnout among youngsters. Back in the day, voting was not believed to be ‘cool enough’ for a lot of youngsters. Today that is history. Voting is cool and rightly so! One needs to log in to Facebook or Twitter on polling day to see the number of Selfies my young friends are sharing. This is a very positive sign and I hope it continues in the times to come.

    Throughout the campaign, I was able to connect with local people and local issues and this was something that I enjoyed very much. Connecting with local sentiments in this manner would not have been possible without social media. This is the first election where social media has assumed an important role and the importance of this medium will only increase in the years to come. Our Party, our campaign and me personally have gained tremendously from social media. It became a direct means of information and gave us the much-needed local pulse on several issues without any bias. It is said that the success of an Organisation depends on the accuracy and promptness with which there is an upward flow of information from the grass root level workers and well-wishers to the top that is complimented by clear and timely guidance from the top rung to those working on the ground. With the advent of social media this principle of Organisational working stands further strengthened.

    There is one more thing for which we have to profusely thank social media- it has caused the downfall of manufactured lies and half-truths at a very nascent stage. Earlier during Elections we had people whose lies would reach every section of society. In a time when means of communication were less, they could get away with their same old speeches and half-baked assurances. Social media has changed that! In this age of information and social media the lies that come out of their microphones cannot even get past the podium of their speech venues, forget reaching others. More power to social media in the days ahead.

    I congratulate friends in the media for covering every aspect of the Elections. The media was active in every part of the nation, keeping us abreast with latest happenings.  I do however feel that there is immense room for improving the debate and discourse surrounding the elections. At the same time, the continuous election humour that is a part of every election kept the smiles on our faces.

    Along with the Lok Sabha Elections there were Assembly Elections in Odisha, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Two newly created states out of Andhra Pradesh will begin their development journey. Due to the Lok Sabha campaign, the local issues of all these states could not be discussed the manner in which they ideally should have been. I did make it a point to talk about my experiences in these poll bound states wherever I went across the nation.

    Yes, this has been a hard-fought election. It had its joyous moments and there were heated moments as well. Now is the time to put the heat and dust of campaign behind and look ahead. Irrespective of who wins on the 16th, the dreams of a billion Indians should not suffer. Yes, as political parties and candidates we have differing ideologies but our goal is one- to work for India and to fulfill the aspirations of our youth.

    This is the right time to look ahead. It is a time to connect with each other. Lets place people over politics, hope over despair, healing over hurting, inclusion over exclusion and development over divisiveness. It is natural for the spirit of bi-partisanship to get temporarily lost in the midst of an election campaign but now is the time to resurrect it.

    Personally, this campaign has been a remarkable journey. In my Blog a few days ago I talked about how this journey was extensive, innovative and satisfying. I had never imagined that someone like me would find himself here today. This is the power of Democracy and this is the power of Bharat Mata. I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this journey. Your support and criticism made this journey a lot livelier. I want to specially thank the security forces who have travelled with me or travelled before me to the various rallies for security arrangements. If Narendra Modi could address so many rallies and meet so many people, a lot of credit goes to them.

    Let me end with a few words to all my fellow candidates and workers from BJP and the NDA who fought shoulder to shoulder with us- thanks for your efforts and partnership.  I wish each and every one the very best for 16thofMay.

    Let us begin the journey towards ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ and create an India our founding fathers would be proud of.


    Narendra Modi

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    Ritendra Pratap Singh
    Shree Narendra Modi Ji is a Great Prime Minister in World.
    Sainul Abdeen
    I convey my best wishes for all the efforts to make india a better place to live.
    sanjay masih
    वादे मातरम श्री मोदी जी, जो कार्य आप इस भारत वर्ष के लिए कर रहे हें मै इसके लिए आपकी प्रशंशा और धन्यवाद करता हूँ! और इस अभियान में हम आपके साथ हें , और आने वाले रविवार को हम इस सवच भारत अभियान के तहत अपने इलाके के कुछ गंदे पड़े स्थानों को साफ़ करने जा रहे हें ! और यह हम कुछ समय के लिए नहीं बल्कि लगातार करते रहेंगे जब तक लोगो को इसकी आदत न पड़ जाए !
    Sms Saravannan
    Hai modiji u supar i love u
    Mahend Sharma
    Our mother land should be called Bharat not India.Chinai not Madras.Sri lanka not Ceylon.Invaders and Terrorists have no right to change country names.I have seen in the rupee it is bharatya reserve bank. thanks
    வணக்கம் மாண்புமிகு நரேந்திர மோடி அவர்களே .. வாழ்த்த வயதில்லை .. வணங்குகிறேன் .. நான் ஒரு காங்கிரஸ் தொண்டன் .. ஒரு இந்தியன்.. ஒரு காங்கிரஸ் தொண்டனாக உங்களை வணங்க முடியாவிட்டாலும் கூட ஒரு இந்தியனாக உங்களை தலை வணங்குகிறேன் ... எனக்கு ஹிந்தி தெரியாது.. உங்களுக்கு ஹிந்தி தான் தெரியும்...so என்னுடைய விருப்பத்தை கீழுள்ள டேபிளில் கொடுத்துள்ளேன் .. இதை நீங்கள் மக்களுக்கு செய்தால் நீங்கள் தான் இன்னும் 10 ஆண்டுகள் பிரதமர்.. ஒரு மனிதனுக்கு முக்கியம் உன்ன உணவு இருக்க இடம் உடுத்த உடை... இந்தியாவில் 60% மக்கள் மேல் கூறிய மனித வாழ்வுக்கான ஆதாரம் இல்லாமல் இருக்கிறார்கள் என்பதை மட்டும் நினைவு கூற கடமை பட்டுள்ளேன் .
    Seo Shirish
    Victory of Democray. This is the victory of a person who has seen dream of vibrant india - Narendrabhai
    Nalinikanta Swain
    To, The Prime Minister of India Mr.Narendra Modiji Hope this message reached you in the state of good health. We Citizens of India voted you for the good & bright future of our country. With due respect... We have believed you & have many expectation from you as given below........ We want corruption free India & 1. Uninterrupted 24 hrs electricity. 2. Pure Drinking water from tap 3. Pakki sadak which connects all villages of India. 4. Speed trains and our railways should be one of the best in the world 5. Single Tax system without harassment 6. Free Education, Free Hospitals for aam aadmi of India. 7. Loan at minimum interest rates. 8. Economic price of day to day commodities. 9. All india Best governance like Gujarat. 10. No FDI in retail. 11. Equal rights & benefits based on earnings not caste. 12. Single law for each & every citizen of India. 13. Dollar prices u have to bring down to Rs.35 in next 5 years which automatically reduces prices of Gold, Gas & Petrol etc. 14. Black money which was deposited in Swiss Bank and other foreign banks, must be brought back to india. 15. Police should be citizen friendly. 16. No caste reservation, but class reservation. 17. 6 months maximum to close highest crime cases. 18. Employment for the youth, which will stop brain drain. We Citizens of India have faith & believe that in next 60 months you must change the fate of India. This time you have asked Abki baar Modi sarkar but we will say Baar baar Modi sarkar. Jai Hind Vande Mataram Citizen of India please Start sending to all that this message reaches our PM. Old slogan : dudh mangoge to khir denge or kashmir maangoge to chir denge, New slogan : na dudh denge na khir denge agar kashmir manga to sala lahore bhi chin lenge. Kyuki iss baar No Silent Sardar Ab ki baar Modi sarkaar.. Wish you all in advance Happiness, Health and Prosperity in "MODIfied INDIA
    Dear Shree Narendrabhai, I pray to Almighty that He showers His Blessing & give strength to take India to newer hieghts. i have a humble request that this Govertment should try to cut avoidable expenses - like always giving Bouquets when ministers meet you minimise car accomponing the minister Party & orther people putting up hordings congratulating you instead they should plant trees in your name, put up of that money public utility like dustbins, bush sheds, toilets etc which will give long term rememberence to the people & money will be utilized Wishing you once again Shobhan Vyas