Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that people of India have voted in record numbers to re-elect the NDA government after several exit polls indicated that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to win a third term.

“I can say with confidence that the people of India have voted in record numbers to reelect the NDA government. They have seen our track record and the manner in which our work has brought about a qualitative change in the lives of the poor, marginalised and downtrodden,” Modi says in a post on X.

At the same time, they have seen how the reforms in India have propelled India to being the fifth largest global economy, he adds.

Exit polls expect the BJP to make inroads in southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They predict the BJP to comfortably cross the halfway mark of 272 seats on its own. Some polls have indicated the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to secure up to 400 seats.

The prime minister says every scheme of the government has reached the intended beneficiaries without any bias or leakage.

The opportunistic INDI Alliance failed to strike a chord with the voters, says Modi. “They are casteist, communal and corrupt. This alliance, aimed to protect a handful of dynasties, failed to present a futuristic vision for the nation. Through the campaign, they only enhanced their expertise on one thing- Modi bashing. Such regressive politics has been rejected by the people,” he says.

“I would like to applaud each and every NDA Karyakarta. Across the length and breadth of India, often braving intense heat. I compliment them for meticulously explaining our development agenda to the people and motivating them to come out and vote. Our Karyakartas are our greatest strength,” the prime minister says.

“A heartfelt thank you to all those who exercised their franchise. Their active participation is the cornerstone of our democracy. Their commitment and dedication ensures that the democratic spirit thrives in our nation. I would also like to specially appreciate India’s Nari Shakti and Yuva Shakti. Their strong presence at the polls is a very encouraging sign,” he adds.

Modi also commended the Election Commission of India for their efforts in ensuring a smooth and fair electoral process. “Their dedication and meticulous planning have been crucial in upholding the integrity of our democracy, allowing citizens across the nation to vote with confidence and security. Our electoral process is something every believer in democratic values takes inspiration from,” says Modi.

“Heartfelt gratitude to our outstanding security forces for their unwavering vigilance during the entire elections. Their efforts have ensured a safe and secure environment, enabling people to take part in the polling process with ease. Their service to the nation is deeply appreciated by each one of us,” the prime minister says.

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