Taking a dig at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said that this election will ensure that the ruling party will be ousted and a strong government will come to power. Congress has accepted defeat: Modi (JPN/Agencies)
"After analysing the election process and the voter's mind until now, I can say that this time nothing can save the 'mother-son' government...a strong government will come to power," Modi said.
The Gujarat Chief Minister was seen taking a selfie of his inked finger after casting his ballot and flashed the Bharatiya Janata Party's symbol - lotus.
"Balloting in such high numbers reflects that these elections will give the country new strength," Modi said.
Interacting with the media after casting his ballot from the Gandhinagar constituency, Modi apologised to the people of Gujarat for not being able to devote a lot of time to them.
"This time I could hardly give 18 hours in the last two days. But I thank the voters for the way they have taken the election process forward even in my absence," he said amid loud cheers from the crowd.
Ahead of casting his vote, Modi appealed to the people to vote in record numbers.
"Urging all those voting in 89 Lok Sabha seats across India to vote in record numbers today! Hope my young friends show the way in doing so," Modi wrote on twitter.
He also said that he considers himself ‘extremely lucky’ and ‘fortunate’ to be a voter in senior BJP leader LK Advani's constituency.
"I request all those voting in 119 Assembly seats in Telangana region in by-polls in Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal to turnout in large numbers," he tweeted.
Modi said the Congress has already accepted defeat as the party plans to support a Third Front government at the Centre to keep him out of the race.
"Congress has accepted defeat as it is now saying that it will support the Third Front to keep me out of race. The Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and other senior ministers are not in the contest. Tall leaders of Congress are running away from elections," Modi said.
"Now, some are trying to save their chair, some are trying to save themselves and some are trying to save prestige of the Congress party," he added.
When asked about the threat of a defamation suit against him by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, Modi said he has been facing cases for the past 12 years and wished good luck to those who do not wish to fight elections in a democratic way.
"For the last 12 years I have faced cases from CBI and others. Those who do not wish to fight the elections in democratic way, good luck to them on the way they want to take," he added.
Taking a dig at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said that this election will ensure that the ruling party will be ousted and a strong government will come to power.
Congress has accepted defeat: Modi