With the BJP headed for a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India has won again and together with everyone, a strong and inclusive nation will be built.
Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power as it led in over 300 seats while the Congress trailed far behind with about 50, according to trends released by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls. “With all+ development for all+ everybody’s confidence = victorious India,” Modi tweeted.
“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again,” he said.
Rahul lauds Modi,
Congratulating the Narendra Modi-led government for the landslide victory, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said “I respect the verdict of people of India”. In a media briefing, Rahul Gandhi also boosted the morale of the Congress workers.
“You all have worked hard, don’t be disappointed, this was a battle of ideologies and we will always fight for it,” Rahul Said.
When asked about his defeat against Smriti Irani, Rahul Said: “I congratulate her and would request her to take care of Amethi… I respect the decision of India”.
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who seemed headed for a win from Thiruvananthapuram, said he feels like a batsman who has scored a century while his team has lost.
Tharoor’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards what looks set to be a resounding victory for a second term in office.
Kashmiris wish justice
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who is all set to win from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, Thursday expressed hope that the new government at the Centre would do justice with the state and engage in a dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Speaking to reporters at the NC headquarters, Farooq Abdullah thanked his party leaders, workers and the people of Srinagar constituency for their support.
He is leading in Srinagar by 67,159 votes over PDP candidate Aga Mohsin. He has bagged 82,166 votes till now.
“I thank (NC vice-president) Omar (Abdullah), our party leaders and the people of Kashmir, especially the people of Srinagar constituency – all the mothers, sisters, elders and youth for supporting the NC,” he said.
“This country belongs to all and we have to keep this country strongly on that secular path which our Constitution enshrines. We have to protect the Constitution, drafted by (B R) Ambedkar, and take the country forward,” he said.
Farooq Abdullah said for peace to be established in Jammu and Kashmir, India and Pakistan will have to come to the dialogue table and resolve this issue.
“We hope the new government in Delhi will do justice with J-K and engage in dialogue with Pakistan so that we are taken out of this morass,” he said.
Pakistan offer dialogue
A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi cruised back to power so hoped by his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan, Islamabad favoured peaceful resolution of disputes with India and said it was ready to hold negotiations on all outstanding issues.
During an “informal chat” with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan was committed to the vision of Prime Minister Khan of pursuing peaceful diplomacy with India.
“We made it clear to her that we want all the matters resolved through dialogue, and that Prime Minister Imran Khan had said in his very first speech that if India takes one step forward, we would take two steps forward.
“Even today we are ready for a dialogue,” the Pakistan Foreign Office quoted Qureshi as saying.
Qureshi said, “Sushma Ji pointed that I sometimes speak harsh so she has brought some sweets for me so that I talk sweet.
“In response, I said we are positive on holding negotiations with your country on all issues.”
In July last year, Modi had phoned Khan and congratulated him on the victory in general election. Earlier on Wednesday addressing the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation.