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Vadodara: After leading Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to victory over Congress party in Lok Sabha elections, prime minister designate Narendra Modi on Friday visited Vadodara to deliver his first public speech as the triumphant leader. Result trends on Friday gave BJP in excess of 272 seats—minimum requirement for simple majority—and the coalition at least 330 seats.

Modi told cheering supporters that “good times are coming" as he thanked them for their “love" which propelled him and his Hindu nationalist party to a historic election win. Modi made his first comments on results day in his constituency of Vadodara in Gujarat, where thousands chanted his name.

“Good days are coming...after filing my nomination from Vadodara, I was able to spend only 50 minutes here, but you gave me 570,000 votes," he said, referring to his winning margin. “I bow in front of the people of Vadodara for the love and each of the voters worked as Narendra Modi," he said.

Preliminary results at the end of the marathon six-week election showed BJP on track for the first parliamentary majority by a single party since 1984.

Election Commission figures showed the BJP likely to win more than the 272 seats required for a majority on its own in the 543-seat parliament, with victories by its allies taking it easily in excess of 330.

Here are a few snippets from the speech:

—“Good days are coming and from today for next five years, the journey has started."

—“Vadodara has given me a margin of 5.70 lakh votes even after I spent only 50 minutes after filing nomination here."

—“In Varanasi, people have put a stamp on my silence," an apparent reference to refusal of permission to address a meeting in the temple town.

—“Gujarat has created history by giving all the 26 seats to BJP."

—“First time after independence a non-Congress party has been given majority on its own in the current elections."

—“With all and development for all will be my government’s motto and not an empty slogan."

—“I hope I will get cooperation from all political parties and leaders in running the nation."

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