On the fourth anniversary of his taking over as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Saturday blew the bugle for the 2019 general election, which Union minister Arun Jaitley said would be a fight between Modi and an “anarchist combination” of opposition parties.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance’s slogan for the occasion was “Desh Ka Badhta Jaata Vishwas…Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas” (the nation’s rising confidence… clean intent, right development.”) The main opposition Congress observed it as Vishwasghaat Diwas (betrayal day), citing poll promises it said hadn’t been kept by the government.“Over the last four years, development has become a vibrant mass movement, with every citizen feeling involved in India’s growth trajectory. 125 crore Indians are taking India to great heights!,” Modi said in one of a series of tweets.
“I bow to my fellow citizens for their unwavering faith in our government,” he wrote in another post.“This support and affection is the biggest source of motivation and strength for the entire Government. We will continue to serve the people of India with the same vigour and dedication,” he wrote, pledging to build a ”New India” and to always put “India First”.Under Modi, the BJP in 2014 became the first political party to win a majority on its own in 30 years, promising “acche din” (good days) and an end to corruption that tainted the previous regime of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.