Gujarat's voters are heroes today, they voted for development, progress: Modi

Ahmedabad, Dec. 20 (ANI): Having secured an electoral hat-trick, aving secured Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, thanked the people of the state for giving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) another chance to form the government.

Addressing a public gathering at the BJP state unit headquarters here this evening, Modi praised the voters for exercising their franchise in a mature manner. He said their vote was a signal of their approval for development and further progress in the state.

"I thank the people of Gujarat. People have voted thinking if Gujarat prospers, I will prosper. Gujarat voters have proved that people make their choice based on development and progress. Gujarat's voters are the real heroes today," said Modi.

"The people of state have proved that if a government provides good governance and development to the people, they will forget everything and vote for that government. I promise that they will continue to witness tremendous development and progress in future also," he said.

"I have not made personal attacks, though, I may have used strong words during the elections. I don't think anyone as my enemy in the democracy. If I have made any mistake, I appeal to my six crore Gujarati brothers and sisters to forgive me," Modi said, adding that he would be going to New Delhi on December 27 to consult with the Central BJP leadership on the make-up of his new cabinet.

He also congratulated government workers, and claimed credit for making them work hard for the past ten years.

The BJP bagged 115 of the 182 assembly seats up for grabs, while Congress emerged victorious in 61. The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel bagged two seats. (ANI)