Days after the BJP registered a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 by bagging a massive 303 seats in the elections, Narendra Modi visited his constituency Varanasi from where he won with a margin of almost 4.8 lakh votes. His visit, being termed as "Thank You visit" as the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the people for supporting him and his party and for reposing faith in him, also saw the re-elected PM remarking on some specific facets of the campaign.
After having offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the BJP workers for their relentless efforts and hard work that led to the victory of the party. Beginning his speech in Varanasi's Trade Facilitation Centre, he said that he was relaxed during the elections because of the faith the people of Varanasi had shown in him.
Ensuingly, in an indirect reference to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister said that they (Congress) tried to create a wrong perception about the BJP, but the work done by BJP workers helped breach everything. He said that 'transparency and hard work are above the maligned intentions.'
"There is chemistry beyond arithmetic. The chemistry of tradition and determination defeats everything, and this time arithmetic has defeated chemistry. They repeat what is written in their old diaries. They try to create a perception. It has been believed that politics is about perception. They are those people who used 90 percent of their strength - that they had acquired in 50-70 years to spread lies. They wanted to ensure that the correct perception should not form about us, so they spread lies. By argument and counter-argument, they destroy the perception," the Prime Minister said.
He continued, "Political pundits may have the theory that Politics is about perception. But, they will have to understand that two things are there that defeat those who try to create a bad perception - these two things are transparency and hard work. No matter how much strength you put to form a bad perception against us, there is no alternative for transparency and hard work. We will go ahead with positivity because in this way our country will move ahead."
The reference he was most likely alluding to was the 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' slogan that the Congress had used almost as its main poll plank, with Rahul Gandhi going on a crusade to allege a scam in the Rafale deal without offering anything substantial by way of evidence to buttress his claims.
The Prime Minister also questioned the political pundits over another perception about the BJP wherein it has been labelled a 'Hindi heartland party'.