PM Modi casts vote in Ahmedabad
April 24, 2019
Amid loud shots of "Modi, Modi", Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote in Ahmedabad on the third and biggest round in this election. More than 18 crore voters in 13 states and two union territories, including all of Gujarat, Kerala and half of Karnataka, lined up to decide the fate of some big political leaders.
Speaking to the media, Modi said, "I feel proud to do my duty of voting in my home state Gujarat and participate in this massive festival of democracy. Just like one feels after taking a dip in the holy river during the Kumbh Mela, I feel the same after voting."
PM Modi held a min-roadshow in an open jeep and walked down the street with his party candidate Hasmukhbhai Somabhai Patel and spoke to the crowds gathered. He also said,
The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is a voter ID. I can say with certainty that the voter ID is much, much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Surrounded by his bodyguards, he folded his hands and spent time waving to the crowds. He was also greeted by BJP president Amit Shah and his family. After casting his vote, the Prime Minister displayed his inked finger and walked on the streets.
PM Modi is seeking a second term in office. Tuesday, saw the biggest round, with at least a fifth of the Lok Sabha seats voting. Before voting, he tweeted, "Urging all those voting in today's Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers. Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come. I'll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now."
He also met his 98-year-old mother Heeraben, who lives in Gandhinagar, before driving to Ahmedabad, 25 km away.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was also among those whose fate was decided on Tuesday.