Results show country is ready for reforms: PM

Results show country is ready for reforms: PM

Results show country is ready for reforms: PM

New Delhi: Undeterred by the fewer seats the BJP won this election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Gujarat mandate for his party for the sixth consecutive time as a very strong signal that "the country is ready for reforms".

Addressing senior BJP leaders and party workers on Monday evening, Modi said the Gujarat poll results, which are "historical", have nailed the campaign unleashed by the Congress that people are against reforms like the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Modi cautioned the BJP and the people against attempts "to belittle what has happened in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh by those opposed to us. From the UP civic polls to the polls in Maharashtra, the BJP has scored remarkable victories... After GST, in Maharashtra's civic elections, the BJP won."

The PM was emphatic that "people want reforms, and are backing those who show strong will to usher in reforms for transformation. The Congress was hatching conspiracies and spreading misinformation in Gujarat. I want to congratulate the people of the state as they did not tolerate the opposition mocking 'vikas'."

The PM said in an emotional vein, "For me, Gujarat polls are a matter of double joy. The BJP will continue Gujarat's development story. I am so happy that after I left the state, my colleagues there have continued the good work. The BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha polls. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too."

But, the PM said, "Sadly, a few people who were hungry for power, tried to sow the seeds of casteism. Gujarat has been rejecting those people and have rejected them again. We also have to be more careful now on. Our Mantra remains 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas." Modi appealed to all Gujaratis: "Let every Gujarati embrace one another, we cannot and won't be divided. Whatever happened, let that be forgotten, only think of unity and brotherhood."

He told his opponents, "Whether you like the BJP or not, don't try to derail the nation from the road of development."

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