Narendra Modi created history on his way to becoming the 14th PM, as he led the BJP to a spectacular victory in a Lok Sabha battle that crushed the Congress and others ranged against him. Here are some excerpts from his first address after the victory...
Narendra Modi, in Vadodara
The government belongs to all the people of the country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Kutch to Kamrup. All the people of this country are ours... It is our responsibility to take everyone along. A government cannot be of just a few people.
Our mission will be ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’, our mantra will be inclusive growth. There are no enemies in politics.(In an obvious message directed at the Congress, Modi said that now that the country’s most bitterly fought general election had ended) The country will not get a mazdoor like me in the coming 60 months.
A victorious Narendra Modi seeks blessings of his mother Hiraba at her home in Gandhinagar on Friday as election results showed a landslide win for BJP. Pic/PTI
US ‘regrets’ shunning Modi
Washington: Saying that the US had made a huge mistake in shunning Narendra Modi for over a decade, an influential Democratic lawmaker Eni Faleomavaega, said: “Today is a victory for India..
But, I am disappointed that the United States failed to develop a strong friendship and comprehensive partnership with Narendra Modi when it mattered most,” he said in a reference to the revocation of Modi's US visa in 2005 for his alleged role or in the Gujarat riots.
BJP supporters cheer during a public rally by the prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after his victory in Vadodara. Pic/AFP
“...the US should have been a fair and honest broker about human rights,” Faleomavaega said, adding, “Modi should be included not only in the annals of India’s history but US history, too, because he was elected with a resounding victory despite the US using every recourse it could to disrupt his destiny.”
India has won! Bharat Ki Vijay. Acche din aane wale hain.
It became the most RTed tweet in the history of India, having been shared 62,400 times
No of votes Modi got out of the total 11.63 lakh in Vadodara
No of votes he trounced his closest rival, Congress’ Madhusudan Mistry by
Modi wrongly claimed in his speech in Vadodara that he had won by the biggest margin. This record was set by Anil Basu of CPI-M, who scripted history by winning Arambagh seat in West Bengal by 5,92,502 votes, 22,374 more than Modi, in 2004.
World greets Modi
British PM David Cameron: “Congratulations @narendramodi on victory in India's elections. Keen to work together to get the most from UK-India relationship,” tweeted Cameron, who was among the first world leaders to greet Modi.
Australian PM Tony Abbott: “I’ve spoken to @narendramodi and congratulated him on his success. I look forward to strengthening ties between India and Australia,” Abbott tweeted.
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
Sharif telephoned Modi and expressed his best wishes, Radio Pakistan reported.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
“My personal and my party’s firm commitment to working with you and your party, and the elected government of India to bring about meaningful, positive changes in our close and friendly relations that would benefit our two great democracy-loving peoples,” she said in a letter.
BJP wins Ladakh seat by a close 36 votes
Srinagar: BJP candidate Thupstan Chhewang won from Ladakh Parliamentary constituency with a narrow margin of 36 votes from his nearest rival Ghulam Raza, a congress rebel who was fighting the elections as an independent.Chhewang polled 31,111 votes, while Raza got 31,075.
Union Minister Meena loses seat to brother
Jaipur: Congress candidate and Union Minister of State for Finance, Namonarain Meena lost the Dausa seat to his brother Harish Chandra Meena (BJP). Harish secured 3,15,059 votes, whereas Namonarain got 1,81,272 votes.
Rajyavardhan Rathore guns down nearest rival
Jaipur: Olympian shooter-turned-politician Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore of BJP has defeated AICC General Secretary C P Joshi by a huge margin of 3,32,896 votes in Jaipur (Rural) seat.
Arun Jaitley loses to Captain Amarinder
Amritsar: In his first popular electoral outing, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley lost to Congress candidate Amarinder Singh from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat by 1,02,770 votes. Jaitley polled 3,80,106 while Amarinder secured 4,82,876 votes.
Harsh Vardhan drubs Sibal
BJP’s Delhi chief Dr Harsh Vardhan won the Chandni Chowk seat by more than 1,35,953 votes over AAP’s Ashutosh. Law and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal, who had won twice from Chandni Chowk, was in the third position.
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje celebrates BJP’s thumping win in Jaipur. Pic/PTI
'Did not expect such a debacle in Rajasthan'
Jaipur: Former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot yesterday termed the unprecedented defeat of Congress in the Lok Sabha elections in the state as disappointing and said the party had not expected such debacle.
Tarun Gogoi Assam chief minister
We accept the people’s mandate. I take full responsibility for the defeat. I will submit my resignation to Sonia Gandhi.
Amit Shah and Ravi Shankar Prasad celebrate after BJP’s huge victory at the party HQ in New Delhi. Pic/PTI
Amit Shah BJP general secretary
In seven states Congress could not even open its account and did not get a single seat. There is not a single state where Congress has got over 10 seats and reached double figures.
Nandan Nilekani, Congress candidate, Bangalore
“I concede defeat and congratulate Ananth Kumar for his performance in this poll. I will continue to work more for the city and the Congress party,” Nilekani said after his defeat to BJP’s Ananth Kumar, who retained the Bangalore South constituency for the sixth term, defeating Congress candidate and IT Czar Nilekani by over 2.27 lakh votes.
BJP’s clean sweep in 6 states
Himachal Pradesh 4/4
Narendra Modi (BJP/Vadodra/Varanasi)
Sonia Gandhi (Congress/Rae Bareli)
Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP/Kanpur)
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress/Gulbarga- SC)
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily (Congress/Chikkballabpur)
Union Minisgter Kamal Nath (Congress/Chindwara)
Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor (Congress/Thiravananthapuram)
Ram Vilas Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party/Hajipur)
Moon Moon Sen (Trinamool Congress/Bankura)
Hema Malini (BJP/Mathura)
President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit (Congress/Jangipur)
Shatrughan Sinha (BJP/Patna Sahib)
Kirron Kher (BJP/Chandigarh)
Bengal matinee idol Dev (Trinamool Congress/Ghatal)
K Chandrasekhara Rao (TRS/Medak)
Mehbooba Mufti (PDP/Anantnag)
Bollywood singer Babul Supriyo (BJP/Asansol)
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (Congress/Sasaram)
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh (RLD/Baghpat)
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress/Udhampur)
Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah (National Conference/Srinagar)
Union minister Sachin Pilot (Congress/Ajmer)
Former India cricket captain Mohd. Azharuddin (Congress/Tonk-Sawai Madhopur)
Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal (Congress/Chandigarh)
Former telecom ministerm A Raja (DMK/Nilgiris)
Nine-time MP Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M/Bankura)
Baichung Bhutia (Trinamool Congress/Darjeeling)
Sharad Yadav (Janata Dal-United/Madhepura)
Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh (Independent/Barmer)
Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi (RJD/Saran)
Filmmaker Prakash Jha (Janata Dal-United/West Champaran)
Actor Rakhi Sawant (Independent/Mumbai Northwest-Sixth) Statistics
An election that saw many firsts
This Lok Sabha election was a record-breaker in many ways:
>> A non-Congress party gained a parliamentary majority on its own in independent India for the first time
>> Biggest voter turnout ever: 66.6% of the electorate or 550 million Indians
>> Biggest electorate in the history of the country: 814 million
>> The first time Congress reduced to a double-digit figure: 45
>> The first time that the state of Gujarat gave all its 26 seats to the BJP
>> The first time that social media played a huge role in a general elections
>> Biggest-ever victory for any non-Congress government in the history of the country