While addressing a gathering at the BJP HQ after the victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on 18 December, 2017 PM Narendra Modi thanked the people of both states for reposing their faith in the BJP.
Shri Modi mentioned that support for BJP showed the nation was ready for reform agenda and every citizen wanted India transformed. He said that aspirations of the middle class were rising and the BJP was determined to serve the people and fulfill them. “The way the people of Himachal Pradesh have supported us, shows that people are fed up of mis-governance and misdeeds by the incumbent Government in the state. They have given BJP a positive vote”, Shri Modi added further.
He said that Gujarat poll results were historical. “In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long… BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha polls. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too.”
The PM said that winning the Gujarat polls were a matter of double joy for him. He appreciated the BJP karyakartas and leaders from the state for continuing the good work in the state. Thanking people for the victory, PM Shri Modi said, “I compliment the people of Gujarat. There was so much misinformation. Congress was hatching all kinds of conspiracies. They mocked development also.”
The Prime Minister stated that after 2014, discourse in the nation was only about development. He said, “Sadly, a few people who were hungry for power, they tried to sow the seeds of casteism. We took three decades to remove the poison of casteism from Gujarat. We took Gujarat on the path of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.
Shri Modi said, “Six crore Gujaratis are one and they want to move ahead on the path of progress. Let every Gujarati embrace one another, we cannot and won’t be divided. Whatever happened, let that be forgotten…only think of unity and brotherhood.” “There is no need to waste time on those who will keep dismissing our victory. Since 1989, BJP has been victorious in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls and this makes today’s win special”, he said.
BJP National President Shri Amit Shah, members of BJP parliament board, several Union Ministers, BJP office bearers and BJP karyakartas were present at the event.