Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday thanked the people and the BJP workers for the NDA's massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing the party workers at the party headquaters in the national capital, PM Modi said: "Since the country got Independence, so many elections took place, but the maximum voting took place in this election, and that too in 40-42 degree temperature. India has united to elect us."
"This is a victory of democracy. The world will have to recognise the democratic powers of India now," he added.
Taking a jibe at the opposition, PM Modi said: "They used to make fun of 'panna pramukhs', now they can see what power and importance a 'panna pramukh' has."
He said that the brigade of pseudo secularists who were calling for the secular forces to unite have been exposed and have fallen silent over the past five years.
The prime minister further said: "We were not disappointed when we won only 2 seats; we will not leave our humility, ideals and values when we have come back to power."
PM Modi also congratulated the voters, Election Commission and security personnel for contributing towards smooth and fair conduct of the polls.
The prime minister also dedicated the poll victory to the people of the country and also congratulated the winners from all parties.
"If someone has won, it's Hindustan that has won, it's democracy that has won, it's public that has won, and therefore, all BJP and NDA people with humility dedicate this victory to public. I congratulate all the winners, no matter from which party or which region they contested," he said.
He said that this was the first election which was not fought on the issues of coprruption and price rise.
The prime minister said that the people have vindicated his views that this election was fought by them and not by parties.
"I was busy today. So I couldn't pay attention to results. I don't have much information about it. But I was briefed by party president.I'll see it in detail. But from what he told me, that itself indicates that political pundits will have to change their 20th century thinking," PM Modi said.
As per the latest Election Commission figures, the BJP has either won or is leading in 305 seats, up from 282 it had won in 2014, while the corresponding figure for its allies is about 50.