NEW DELHI: Soon after the election dates were announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put out a series of tweets welcoming the ‘festival of democracy’ and urging voters to support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for a second consecutive term.
Modi, while thanking the Election Commission, also listed the work that the National Democratic Alliance government had done. He said that the 2019 elections were ‘about a spirit of confidence and positivity with which India is fulfilling the aspirations of its people’.
“The festival of democracy, Elections are here. I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first-time voters to vote in record numbers," he said.
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Targeting the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, Modi said, “In 2014, the people comprehensively rejected the UPA. There was unprecedented anger over the UPA’s corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis. India’s self-confidence was at an all-time low and the people of India wanted to rid the nation of such decay and pessimism."
He said the last five years have shown that with the participation of 130 crore Indians, what was earlier deemed impossible has now become possible.
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“Today, the people of India know that it is possible to: Become the fastest growing economy. Give a befitting reply to terror. Eliminate poverty at a record pace. Make India Swachh. Remove corruption and punish the corrupt. Ensure inclusive and extensive development," Modi said.
He said India is proud that: 2.5 crore families have electricity for the first time, 7 crore households have smoke-free kitchens and 1.5 crore Indians have got their own homes.