‘Big mandate brings big responsibilities’, says PM Modi in first rally after poll win

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In his first rally after the BJP’s massive win in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the need to remain humble and said the “big mandate brings big responsibilities”.

“We have to utilise these five years to solve issues of the common citizens. These have to be five years of all-round development. We have to further enhance India’s position at the world stage,” said Modi at a rally in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.

The prime minister is on his first visit to his home state after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s massive victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP-led NDA swept the Lok Sabha elections winning 349 of the 542 seats for which polls were held and garnered almost 45 per cent of the votes across the country.

The prime minister said he realised within the first few days of campaigning for polls that it “wasn’t the BJP or NDA who were at the forefront of his campaign, it was the people of India.”

PM Modi arrived in Ahmedabad on Sunday to a rousing welcome where he was felicitated for his comprehensive and huge win in the Lok Sabha elections.

After garlanding the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel near the airport, Modi drove to the city in a car with BJP president Amit Shah and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. Thousands of people lined the roads to greet him.

The BJP, repeating its 2014 feat, won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in PM Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

PM Modi will meet his mother later in the evening to seek her blessings following the BJP’s stupendous victory in the parliamentary elections. He will be flying to his constituency Varanasi on Monday to thank the people.

Modi will take oath for his second term as Prime Minister at 7 pm on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind had appointed him as PM on Saturday.

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