BJP hosts NDA leaders ahead of Lok Sabha poll results, calls it thanksgiving
The BJP on Tuesday hosted the outgoing Union Council of Ministers and NDA leaders in two separate meetings at the national capital.
At the first meeting in the BJP headquarters, Amit Shah and union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Harsimrat Badal, Ramvilas Paswan and Anupriya Patel welcomed and felicitated Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP called this a thanksgiving meeting.
Addressing the press, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, said, "Amit Shah invited the Union Council of Ministers today to thank them for their contribution for playing a successful part in five years of government. He also wanted to thank and wish them all the best in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha results."
Briefing the media on the Prime Minister's address inside the meeting, Tomar said, "PM said this election was above politics. He said the public was fighting these elections, overcoming all obstacles and this was extraordinary. He said this time I felt like I was on a pilgrimage across the country, and not an election campaign."
Those present in the meeting, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unusually emotional during his speech and said he was speaking extempore. He said he was overwhelmed by the people's support this time, some of who stood in waist-deep water to listen to him, and he felt his responsibility towards them had grown as a result.
Speaking to India Today, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore brushed aside the opposition's allegations of EVM rigging. He countered, "17 out of these 21 parties won elections with the same EVMs. They had no complaints then. Now when they are about to lose, they are finding excuses."
The NDA leaders' meeting at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi was attended by 36 allies and three other allies who couldn't attend sent their letters of support. The prominent leaders who were present included Nitish Kumar, Ramvilas Paswan, Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Badal, Uddhav Thackeray, Ramdas Athawale, E Palanisami, O Paneerselvam and others.
A unanimous resolution was passed at the meeting which complimented the Prime Minister and the NDA for its successful partnership. It said the NDA has become the principal pillar of Indian politics.
Speaking in the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Our alliance represents India's diversity and our agenda is India's progress. We are best suited to address regional aspirations and enhance national progress."
Addressing the media later, Ramvilas Paswan said, "This election was like a tsunami and not a wave. The one who said only Congress runs a gatbandhan, they've been proven wrong. PM worked with everyone as team, taking everyone along."
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the media about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address in the NDA leaders' meeting. "PM said NDA has become an organic entity, just like family. He said the NDA has played an important role in fulfilling regional aspirations. It has become a strong pillar now," Rajnath spelled out.
Rajnath also informed that Prime Minister Modi expressed concern over how EVM sanctity was being questioned by opposition parties.