New Delhi, May 17 : Exuding confidence that the BJP will return with absolute majority in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that last mile delivery is the new culture of governance that the BJP-led dispensation under him brought in the country.
'Last mile delivery is the new culture of Indian governance that my government brought,' Mr Modi said addressing a joint media conference with party chief Amit Shah.
On the last day of campaign for the big battle of 2019, Prime Minister, who stormed to power in 2014 promising a corruption free era, said honesty and integrity began on May 17, 2014, even before his swearing-in as Prime Minister happened. 'Honesty and integrity began on May 17, 2014, even before my swearing-in as Prime Minister happened. 'Satta khoro ka nuksaan hua (Bookies and betting market suffered the biggest loss)," he said.
The Prime Minister said the marathon election campaign in which both he and Mr Shah addressed over 100 rallies was a "thanksgiving" exercise. ' I have come here to thank the people and the media. Through everything in the last five years the people of India have stood by me,' Mr Modi said.
To take the country forward, he said, 'we have said a lot of things in the manifesto. We will work on it one by one and bring a new governance culture.' The people of the country were blessing him more than ever before, he said. Taking a dig at the erstwhile UPA regime, he said: 'In last two elections, even IPL couldn't be held. When government is strong, IPL, Ramzaan, school exams, Hanuman Jayanti and other mega events can take place".
Mr Modi said it will happen after a long time in the country, our Government will come to power with an absolute majority for the second consecutive time. 'We will form a majority government for a second time in a row,' said the Prime Minister who held 142 rallies, disclosed by Mr Shah.
Mr Modi said this is the world's biggest democracy, but to show that to the world is not only any political party's responsibility. 'We all should show how vibrant and strong our country is,' he said, adding that 'Let's celebrate the vibrancy and the greatness of Indian democracy.' Mr Shah said the Prime Minister led the campaigns from the front.
He said Mr Modi started his campaigning from Meerut on March 28 and held 142 rallies and four roadshows and made a connect to 1.5 crore people of the country. The Prime Minister held 7,000 conversations and some times five rallies in a day, the party president said. Mr Modi held public meetings in as high as 46 degree Celsius temperature in Madhya Pradesh and at 18 degree Celsius in Arunachal Pradesh and ensured meeting maximum number of people.
National level leaders addressed 1,500 sabhas while regional leaders held 3,800 gatherings, Mr Shah said. 'I am very proud to say that our leader Narendra Modi has carried out the most hard-working and elaborate election campaign since the independence of the country,' he said. For the first time, price rise and corruption are not issues brought by the opposition in an election: Mr Shah said.
BJP considers the election as a festival of democracy, there may not be any corner that the BJP has not visited, he said. People want Mr Modi to return, he said. 'Phir ek baar Modi Sarkaar' slogan was changed by people to 'baar baar Modi Sarkaar',' he stated and expressed confidence that Mr Modi will be re-elected as Prime Minister.
'Farmers, women, villages of the country, every section of the society have benefitted by the 133 schemes of our government,' he said emphasising the the BJP government ensured the last man delivery.
To a question, Mr Shah denied that the saffron party was responsible for violence in West Bengal, and said: "It is BJP which has lost 80 party workers. On this my complaint is not against Mamata Banerjee, my complaint is against media which is not asking any counter questions to such leaders". He also said the saffron party's performance in violence-marred polling in West Bengal will be "very good". (UNI)