Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed party workers and supporters at the BJP headquarters in Delhi after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) retained Bihar for a second straight term in a tightly fought election, the result of which was declared early Wednesday morning after almost 15 hours of counting. Hundreds of supporters and party workers have gathered to celebrate the poll win which came after weeks of gruelling and bitter campaigning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The NDA eased past the 122-mark and won 125 seats in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. The BJP, with 74 seats, emerged as the second-largest party in the state after RJD, which clinched 75 under Tejashwi Yadav's leadership.
The Congress, a part of the Mahagathbandhan along with the Left and RJD, was completely decimated this election. The party managed to win 19 seats of the 70 it contested.
Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, which contested the election alone after a protracted feud, won one seat.
Here are the highlights of the celebrations at BJP headquarters:
BJP needs to ensure strong internal democracy and give opportunities to all: PM Modi
You must have read in the news media about "silent voters", about "silent voters" voting for the BJP. The voice of this "silent voter" is now being heard by all. The BJP has a big base of this "silent voter" - and these are women voters. Women are seeing the work we are doing, how we are working to ensure that they get all their rights, they get their say, and they play their part in society. They are seeing who truly stands for them: PM Modi
All of you must be thinking what do I have to say about Bihar? I just want to say that Bihar is dear to us. It is close to our hearts. The success in Bihar has made one thing absolutely clear that the key to success is "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Viswaas". That is the mantra that guides us, and that is what we are determined to, and that is what rewards us too: PM Modi
We all went through an unprecedented year due to coronavirus. We all went through hardships, but what matters at the end of it all are the lives that we managed to save. Every life saved is proof of how well India has managed: PM Modi
People are seeing who is working day and night, who is delivering promises. It is BJP. Who stands with the people of India - BJP. Who is standing with the farmers, working for their betterment and growth - BJP. Who is standing for the rights of the poor - BJP. Who is standing for the rights of Dalits and backward classes - BJP. Who stands for and delivers justice to women and works for their rights - BJP. Our biggest asset is this trust that people have on us. We must work to ensure we continue to deliver so that this trust remains intact: PM Modi
No one has fought Covid like India. From janata curfew to how we are tackling the pandemic now, shows our will. We have given free ration during "corona kal": PM Modi
People are giving BJP a chance again and again. They trust BJP the most. The reason behind BJP's success is good governance: PM Modi
BJP is the only party that understands the needs of the people and works for the people. The youth trusts BJP the most today. BJP is the voice of Dalits and poor people: PM Modi
We will take decisions that are in the interest of the people. BJP is the only party today where the poor sees any future: PM Modi
There were people who used to say that roads, highways, rail lines, ports, airports, better infrastructure, better connectivity, better communication, faster internet, seamless connectivity, 24X7 water and electricity, these things do not matter in elections. You must have heard some people say this. But election after election, we are seeing that the people of India are saying it loud and clear that these are the things that matter and these are what determines who wins. Those who continue to live in denial and in arrogance, you must have heard what is happening with them... People have proven again and again that development of the state and country matters. People have proven the core issue of elections will be development: PM Modi
Not just in Bihar, we won in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and even in Telangana and Ladakh. BJP won everywhere. BJP is the only party which truly has a national connect with the people of India. From just two MPs and two rooms, today BJP is present in every corner of India: PM Modi
After the results we saw this morning, I would like to thank each and every single BJP karyakarta for the stellar work you all have done. No matter how much I praise the work you have done, it will fall short. And of course, the strategy, planning and execution by our BJP president JP Nadda ji. Let us all say this: "Naddaji, aap aage badho, hum sab aapke saath hain": PM Modi
There was a time when newspapers on the day after polls would be filled with reports of polling booths being raided, booths being captured. There would be reports of violence. But today, you read news like record turnout for voters, number of women voters exceeding male voters. The votes were conducted peacefully. That in itself speaks a lot about how India has progressed: PM Modi
I don't just want to thank the people for supporting us, but for participating in the democratic process. For coming out and doing their bit. I want to thank every single person and the Election Commission and state officials who ensured that the election process was a success and was done so in a peaceful manner: PM Modi
I want to begin by thanking the great people of this great nation: PM Modi
Bihar has rejected RJD's lantern and has chosen BJP's LED light: JP Nadda
PM Modi gave Rs 1.5 lakh crore package for the development of Bihar and then an additional Rs 40,000 crore too, and we have accounted for every rupee that was given and provided record of all work and projects that were completed and what is currently being undertaken: JP Nadda
Under PM Modi's leadership many government schemes have ensured that the poor and the farmers have benefitted from central schemes. Because of the ration scheme, the poor now get their increased share of ration that too anywhere in India.
India has not only manufactured medicines for itself, but ensured that it provided medicines to 150 other countries - especially paracetamol and HydroxyCholoroquine: JP Nadda
At the start of this pandemic, India did not have the infrastructure needed to manufacture ventilators, but as of today, India has manufactured 3 lakh ventilators indigenously and has made it available for patients: JP Nadda
This was the first big election since the COVID-19 pandemic. There were challenges like never before to hold elections in the time pf a pandemic and for all us to campaign through it. But we managed it successfully: JP Nadda
I congratulate PM Modi on behalf of lakhs of our karyakartas. This election was not just about Bihar, but about bypolls in Ladakh to those in Gujarat, Manipur and other places: JP Nadda
PM Modi welcomed with applause, roaring chants of "Vande Mataram" and "Jai Shree Ram" as he reaches the BJP headquarters in central Delhi. Hundreds have come to the BJP office, despite ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, to celebrate the recent win in Bihar elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address party workers soon.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reaches party headquarters.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Dharmendra Pradhan and Gajendra Shekhawat also reach the party headquarters in Delhi.
Home Minister Amit Shah reaches BJP headquarters in central Delhi.