Modi Says After Casting His Vote In Gujarat That A Voter ID Is Much More Powerful Than An IED

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after casting his vote in his home state of Gujarat that a voter ID is much more powerful that an IED (improvised explosive device). Modi met his mother, Hiraba, at his brother Pankaj Modi’s residence at Raisan village, and then rode in an open jeep past hundreds of onlookers to cast his vote shortly after 8am.

Modi, who is a parliamentarian from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, spent around 20 minutes with his mother, who gave him a shawl, sweets and a coconut, and her blessings for his victory in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

“IED is a weapon of terrorism, and voter ID is a weapon of democracy,” he told reporters after voting, referring to voter identification cards.

Modi, who is seeking a second term in office, appealed to citizens to come out in large numbers to vote in all the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha polls. Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar seat, which covers Ahmedabad city, welcomed him outside the polling booth set up at a school in Ranip area.

After casting his vote, Modi walked some distance from the polling booth and interacted briefly with journalists. He welcomed the participation of young voters who are exercising their franchise for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, and conveyed his best wishes to them.

“This entire century belongs to those who are voting for the first time. They have to vote for the bright future of this century. Therefore, I would especially urge the new voters to commit to 100% voting,” he said.

Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi on April 26 and will be accompanied by the party’s top brass, including Shah. Chief ministers of National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-ruled states and BJP allies are expected to attend the high-profile event.

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