Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a victory march in New Delhi a day after Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) astounding victory in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections. He walked from Le Meridien to the BJP headquarters on Ashoka Road.
PM Modi also attended the BJP parliamentary meet. Chief ministerial candidates for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be finalised on March 16.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a "new India" is emerging and it stands for development.
Here are the latest updates:
- Government is for everyone and we will make new India together: PM Modi
- I would like to thank the voters of the five states, want to assure them that we will leave no stone unturned for the betterment: PM Modi
- I am the only prime minister who has been asked why he works so much: PM Modi
- This golden moment was not achieved easily, but with hard work and perseverance: PM Modi
- I sincerely thank voters of all the five states: PM Modi
- When India turns 75 in 2022, BJP will bring in a new India: PM Modi
- With these wins we have the responsibility of being humble. Power is not about posts, it is an opportunity to serve: PM Modi
- These elections are an emotional issue for us. They come when we mark the centenary celebrations of Pandit Deen Dayal Ji: PM Modi
- If poor are educated and looked after, they will serve the society in a better way: PM Modi
- I recognise the power of poor in the country: PM Modi
- Uttarakhand mandate is also an emotional issue for us: PM Modi
- There are many reasons for a win but such an empathetic win after such a record turnout is special and makes everyone think: PM Modi
- Massive victory has forced political pundits to retrospect: PM Modi
- PM Modi extends Holi wishes to the gathering at BJP's victory event.
- Modi is the most popular PM since Independence who has been working for the poor: Amit Shah
- The mandate given by the people this time is two steps ahead of the 2014 election mandate: BJP President Amit Shah
- Amit Shah welcomes the gathering with chants of 'Bharat mata ki jai'.
- After the short walk, Modi arrives at the party's headquarters.
- PM Mod walks along Ashoka road on his way to BJP's headquarters.
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived at the BJP headquarters.
- Party workers and supporters gather outside BJP headquarters.
- Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad reach party headquarters.
- BJP leaders have credited PM Modi for the astounding victory.
- Tight security arrangements have been made as Delhi Police have erected barricades at various places along the route, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take to reach the BJP headquarters.
- Large number of BJP workers and supporters are present at Ashoka Road in New Delhi.
- BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency is also present at the victory march.
- BJP supporters from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are on the Ashoka Road in New Delhi.
- PM Modi plans to travel from Le Meridien in New Delhi to the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters.
- The BJP has planned a special felicitation for Prime Minister Modi, whom several party leaders including Shah credited for the electoral gains in these assembly polls.
Earlier, PM Modi also asked the people to take a pledge and express their commitment on his Narendra Modi Mobile App towards building a new India. "A new India is emerging, which is being powered by the strength and skills of 125 crore Indians. This India stands for development," Modi tweeted.
"When we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022, we should have made an India that will make Gandhi Ji, Sardar Patel & Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar proud," he added.
These tweets came a day after the BJP got astonishing poll results in Uttar Pradesh where it stormed to power with three-fourths majority, decimating the rivals SP-Congress combine and the BSP. BJP also scored a massive victory in Uttarakhand winning 56 of the 70 seats in the state to storm to power, reducing Congress to minuscule minority in the state Assembly with a poor tally of 11 seats.