Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought Sunday people's "blessings" for the NDA in the Lok Sabha polls, saying his government has made possible what was earlier deemed impossible, but opposition parties said voters will throw it out of power for "wasting" its historic mandate and practising "all talk no work".
As the Election Commission declared a seven-phase general election starting April 11, political parties welcomed the much-awaited announcement with the ruling alliance making a pitch for its re-election while its rival expressing confidence of unseating it.
Seeking people's support for the BJP, its president Amit Shah said the Modi government has taken bold decisions for their welfare in its first term and will ensure India's giant leap to make everyone "happy and prosperous" in its second.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government has achieved "phenomenal results" in various spheres of governance during this term, he said, citing a number of its welfare initiatives.
The Congress, however, hit out at the government saying it will be best remembered for "wasting" its historic mandate and that all its promises remained "unfulfilled".
All its promises have remained unfulfilled, he said asserting that it will be defeated when votes are counted on May 23.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel claimed the upcoming elections will herald a new era ending five years of "chaotic, despotic and destructive" dispensation and the country will return to the path of "sobriety, integrity and inclusivity".
BSP supremo Mayawati termed the government as "anti-poor and pro-capitalist" and which disturbed peace, caused unrest & anger among masses.
Modi in his tweets drew a comparison of his government's performance with the preceding Congress-led UPA government, asserting that the last five years have shown what was earlier deemed impossible has now become possible.
The 2019 polls are about a spirit of confidence and positivity with which India is fulfilling the aspirations of its people, he said.
In 2014 people comprehensively rejected the UPA as there was unprecedented anger over its "corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis", he said, adding that India's self-confidence was at an all-time low and people wanted to rid the nation of such "decay and pessimism".
"Guided by 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous & secure India," he said.
The choice before people is whether to elect a strong government or a helpless government, he said, expressing confidence that Modi will be prime minister for another term. The NDA will sweep the polls in Bihar, which sends 40 MPs to the Lok Sabha, he added.
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