One day before results of Lok Sabha Polls 2019, BJP Chief Amit Shah hosted a meeting along with dinner for partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the meeting as well as the dinner.
According to all the exit polls, it is projected that the alliance will achieve a clear majority in the Lok Sabha and will form the government again.
Apart from PM Modi, the dinner meeting was attended by Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Ram Vilas Paswan, and Bihar Chief Minister as well as Janata Dal (United) President Nitish Kumar among others.
Further, in an interaction with media partners, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that around 36 allies attended the dinner. He also told that the three who failed to turn up had vowed their support “in writing.” Singh told reporters that the NDA has pledged to fulfill the aspirations of the public and take the country forward, after the dinner held at the Ashoka Hotel.
“Amit Shah and PM Modi thanked all those who worked hard during the elections.”
“The PM said that the NDA represents the true soul of India.”
He further told that one resolution passed at the meeting termed the Lok Sabha elections decisive and vowed to make a developed, strong, and whole India by 2022. He also mentioned the points PM Modi stressed in the address in the meeting on the need to change the narrative from caste lines and orient it for the poor.
Later, Singh told media partners that the resolution also condemned the clash that took place in West Bengal, which voted in seven phases. In the eastern state, incidents of violence happened during each phase of the elections, where three deaths were reported. And, BJP blamed ruling Trinamool Congress for the occurred violence.
The resolution said,
“We strongly condemn the culture of political violence in West Bengal and Kerala. We are equally concerned with the systematic assault by the opposition on institutions ranging from the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General), Election Commission and judiciary to the police and armed forces.”
Further, Singh told that in the resolution, PM Modi also expressed concern over the “needless controversy” created by Opposition parties over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
“We discussed EVMs and the Election Commission… it is worrisome for us that they are being targeted.”
After a few incidents of EVMs being transported allegedly without any security were reported from Uttar Pradesh, many opposition leaders have raised questions over EVMs. However, the election commission has called these allegations as “frivolous and baseless.” Leaders of 22 opposition parties also met EC officials and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations, earlier on Tuesday, before votes are counted.
Nearly two dozen allies felicitated Modi with a shawl in the meeting which was followed by the NDA dinner. The dais with Modi was shared by top NDA leaders: one side by Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal and the other was Shah. Badal is Former Chief Minister of Punjab and also the senior-most leader of the alliance.
Union Minister & BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who proposed the resolution, said that PM Modi had taken all allies together. He added,
“We will win more seats than predicted in the exit polls.”
After the meeting, PM Modi took to Twitter, shared the glimpses from meeting and wrote,
“With the NDA family.
Our alliance represents India’s diversity and our agenda is India’s progress.
We are best suited to address regional aspirations and enhance national progress.”
With the NDA family.
Our alliance represents India's diversity and our agenda is India's progress.
We are best suited to address regional aspirations and enhance national progress. pic.twitter.com/iKNgv2e898
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 21, 2019