World to respect India as a superpower: Modi

Nadeem Qadir

24 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pledged to fight against poverty, saying that the world would now recognise India as a superpower.

Meanwhile, Opposition Congress President Rahul Gandhi gracefully conceded defeat, saying: “the people of India have given their mandate and I respect it.”

Media reports said Rahul Gandhi offered to resign at a closed-door party meet on Thursday, but it could not be confirmed immediately.

As thousands of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters braved heavy rains and gathered the party office at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhya Marg, Modi said, “I dedicate this victory to the people ... this is a victory for democracy.”

He added in his typical style that draws support. He added that “every pore, every cell in my body will work non-stop to ensure that the country keeps moving forward ... This is not Modi’s victory, but that of the country. “

Modi, raising his popular nationalistic stand told the crowd waving party flags and screaming “Modiji, Modiji,” that “The world will have to take note of India as a superpower now.”

He congratulated Indians for his party’s unprecedented and historic win which many labelled as a Tsunami rather than a landslide.

He promised “never to do anything with ill intention” and “never do anything to make a personal fortune.”

The BJP and its allies have netted 348 of the 542 seats up for grabs that stunned not only the opposition, but also political gurus.

It was the first time in more than three decades that a single party won majority on its own.

“All parties have to introspect .... there are only two castes left. These are... the poor and those fight it.”

In a brief press conference at the Congress headquarters, Rahul gracefully conceded defeat and said he hoped Modi would take the nation on the right direction and take care of the Indians.

“I congratulate Narendra Modi and BJP for their electoral victory. The people of India have decided that Narendra Modi will be the PM again and I fully respect that,” Gandhi said.

“The Congress will continue to fight its ideological battle with the BJP unitedly,” he added.

With all humility, he also congratulated Smriti Irani of the BKJP on her victory in Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh from where he had won for three consecutive terms since 2004.

“Today is the day to wish Modi all the best, hopes he looks after the interest of the nation,” Gandhi said.

The Congress could manage to add only a few seats to its 2014 Lok Sabha tally of 44 seats.