While the fever of election campaigning is undoubtedly high among the politicians, what with the Prime Minister addressing four rallies in a day, the voters' enthusiasm is also just as high, especially if the massive turnout at his campaign rally in Maharashtra's Madha is to be believed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally on Wednesday in Madha Lok Sabha constituency of Solapur district in Maharashtra with a sea of people in the audience braving the blazing sun to hear what he has to say.
The people of Madha greeted the PM with thunderous applause as he opened his speech by talking in the regional language, Marathi.
“Akluj karano kasey aahat? Pandharichya, Vitthobanchya, akkalkot Swami Samarthyanchya, Siddheshwar ani Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar yaanchya dharti la mi vandan karto,” he said.
Taking to Twitter, Modi said that those sitting in AC rooms and predicting poll outcomes should come to Madha as it seemed like a clear wave for the BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI(A).
A story on his Instagram also gave an aerial view of the incredible turnout at his rally:
The next one said, “Congress won’t like to see such great enthusiasm.”
In the speech that followed his note of gratitude, the PM slammed the erstwhile Congress-led government on a range of matters.
He took on Rahul Gandhi’s “why are all Modis thieves” remark by saying that the Congress President, by making the jibe, had maligned the backward community he hails from.
The PM further also slammed the "dynastic politics" of Sharad Pawar, claiming the NCP chief had fled the poll arena from Madha Lok Sabha constituency as he sensed defeat.
"Those sitting in Delhi in AC rooms and keeping a tab on things which will happen after who hugs whom, after who shakes hands with whom, after who looks at whom, they don't know the ground reality. Now I know why Sharad Rao ran away from the battleground.”
Here is the Prime Minister’s speech in Madha:
Furthermore, he said that in order to make the nation a superpower, India needs a "Majboot" (strong) government and not a “majboor” (helpless) one, therefore, appealing the people of Madha to show their support and vote for BJP.
"Last time (2014) you gave me a full majority and I could work with full strength to take firm decisions and work for public welfare. You have witnessed how I ran the country past five years," he added.
In Madha, the BJP has fielded Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, who is locked in a battle against the NCP’s Sanjay Shinde.
Polling will be held in Madha on April 23 in the third round of the seven-phased 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The votes will be counted on May 23.