After emerging victorious in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a jubilant gathering of BJP workers at the party's headquarters in New Delhi. Welcomed to take the dais by Amit Shah and flanked by senior ministers including Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, the PM extolled the virtues of the BJP's campaign, namely 'vikas', and severely criticised those whose poll strategy revolved around 'derailing the country's progress
Watch the Prime Minister's full speech in the video above and find excerpts below:
"30 years back, poison of caste was spread so badly in Gujarat that it took workers like me 30 years to get rid of it. In last few months there were attempts again to sow seeds of casteism, but people rejected it,I congratulate them, but ppl must be alert."
"After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail the progress being made towards development."
"So many conspiracies were hatched in Gujarat by Congress, misinformation was being spread. People cannot bear if anyone makes fun of 'vikas'"
"For me, Gujarat polls are a matter of double happiness. I am so happy that after I left the state, my colleagues there continued the good work."
"In Gujarat, 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."
"Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long."
"The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don't do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will not accept you."
"During UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra."
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