New Delhi, February 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exuded confidence about winning the Assembly elections 2022 in all five poll-bound states —Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur — saying the BJP will emerge victorious and form governments with an absolute majority.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I have seen in all states that there is the inclination towards the BJP and we will win the Assembly elections 2022 with am absolute majority. The people of all these five states will give BJP the opportunity to serve them."
Reiterating his party's vision of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', PM Modi said whether it was election time or not, the BJP, despite the fact that it was in power or in coalition, strived for the welfare of the people.
"When we are in power, then with great energy and on a large scale we work with the mantra 'Sabka Saath, Saabka Vikas' (with everyone's participation, we ensure the development of all)," the Prime Minister said.
With political spheres in all five poll-bound states heating up, the Prime Minister denied any atmosphere of anti-incumbency in states where the BJP received the opportunity to work, adding that there was an atmosphere of "pro-incumbency."
"Wherever the BJP got the opportunity to work with stability, there the environment is of 'pro-incumbency' instead of 'anti-incumbency'. The BJP always emerges victoriously with 'pro-incumbency' in elections," the Prime Minister said.
Citing an example of Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP emerged victorious consecutively in 2014, 2017, 2019 elections- both in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, defying the trend of political parties not coming to power again in the state, the Prime Minister said, "The people of Uttar Pradesh have already thrown away the old theory of 'ek bar aao, ek bar jao' (come to power once and then go). The BJP has itself experienced that it was accepted in 2014, then the people saw our government's work and we again got elected in 2017, and similarly in 2019 as well. Now in 2022, they will again see our work and again accept us."
Noting that the BJP believes in collective leadership, the Prime Minister said his photos on BJP's hoardings depicted the party's workers. "The BJP believes in collective leadership. We are used to working collectively. It is not the picture of the Prime Minister, but it is the picture of the workers of the BJP who are called 'Narendra Modi'," the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister said the party had seen victory and defeat both. "Whether we win or lose, for us, elections are an open university in which we get the opportunity for new recruitment and the chance to introspect. We consider it as a field of the election," the Prime Minister added.
The seven-phase elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7. Elections in Goa and Uttarakhand will be held on February 14. Punjab will also go into the polls in a single phase on February 20. Election to Manipur's 60 Assembly constituencies will be held in two phases -- February 27 and March 3.