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'From the First Day. May 26, 2014': PM Modi Says He's Been Confident of 2nd Term Since 5 Years

PM Modi said that 2019 Lok Sabha elections were fought on performance and not perception.


Updated:May 10, 2019, 12:03 AM IST
'From the First Day. May 26, 2014': PM Modi Says He's Been Confident of 2nd Term Since 5 Years
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he is "absolutely confident" of BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha elections. He added that "since May 26, 2014", the day he took oath as PM, he knew that he would return for a second term in 2019.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, when Modi was asked if he is confident about a second term, he said, "Absolutely. From the first day. May 26, 2014."

At a 2014 event, when a student had sought PM's advice on the things that he needed to do to become the prime minister. Modi had then told the student to “start preparing for the 2024 elections...at least till then I am safe".

PM Modi negated the perception that the kind of narrative in the 2019 elections had dropped sharply.

Modi defended his way of ending speeches by saying that every vote for the local BJP candidate as a vote for him. He said that this year’s Lok Sabha polls were fought on performance and not perception.

“By performance, I mean the various schemes of the government of India; and the local MPs are involved in the implementation of these schemes locally at the grass-root level. To just say that in these elections, there is just a name that is working, that isn’t correct. Naam bhi chal raha hai; kaam bhi chal raha hai (the name is working, sure, but so is the work),” he said.

Earlier, in an interview to News18, PM Modi had said that BJP will form the government with a bigger mandate as compared to 2014. “We will form the government with a bigger mandate as compared with 2014. NDA allies will also increase their tally. The NDA's strength will rise in these elections. We will carry our governance agenda forward with the same selflessness and confidence with which we have worked in these five years,” he said.

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