New Delhi: As soon as the leads started trickling in on Saturday, BJP leaders made a beeline towards TV cameras to hail the victory. Conspicuously absent from TV screens was the man of the moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Party president Amit Shah addressed a press conference in the evening and announced that the party had prepared a "grand welcome" for the Prime Minister at the party headquarters for Sunday.
“There will be a grand welcome for Prime Minister Modi at the BJP headquarters at 6 pm tomorrow (Sunday). The CM candidates for the four states will also be announced,” Shah told reporters at 11, Ashoka Road. He added, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the tallest leader in the country and even BJP's political rivals have to admit it.”
While the PM did not come out to speak, his Twitter feed remained active throughout the day. His first tweet on the elections was in the afternoon, when he congratulated the Congress for its emphatic win in Punjab. “Spoke to @capt_amarinder & congratulated him on the win in Punjab. Also wished him a happy birthday & prayed for his long & healthy life,” he tweeted.
Amarinder Singh even replied to the PM saying, “Thankyou @narendramodi ji for your good wishes. I look forward to working with you for the betterment of Punjab.”
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 11, 2017
Then, in a series of tweets, Modi said, “Gratitude to the people of India for the continued faith, support and affection for the BJP. This is very humbling & overwhelming. I thank people of Punjab for giving @Akali_Dal & @BJP4Punjab the opportunity to serve for 10 years & for the support we got in these polls. Am overjoyed that BJP has received unprecedented support from all sections of society. Huge support from the youth is gladdening. I salute the hardwork of BJP Karyakartas. They have tirelessly worked hard at the grassroots level & won the confidence of the people. Congratulations to @AmitShah, party office bearers & state units for their exemplary work in taking the party to new heights. Every moment of our time, everything we do is for welfare & well being of the people of India. We believe in the power of 125 crore Indians. I thank the people of Goa & Manipur for their support to BJP. We will always work for the wellbeing of these states.”
I thank the people of Goa & Manipur for their support to BJP. We will always work for the wellbeing of these states.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 11, 2017
A Twitter interaction between the PM and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi garnered thousands of reactions from users. Gandhi tweeted his congratulations to the PM saying, “I congratulate Shri. Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand.”
I congratulate Shri. Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 11, 2017
The PM responded, “Thank you. Long live democracy!”