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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a standing ovation as the BJP’s parliamentarians met for the first time today.

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. PM Modi got standing ovation at first BJP meet after election wins
  2. He warned his party colleagues against complacency
  3. BJP retained Gujarat for a sixth straight term, grabbed Himachal too

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi was emotional and was given a standing ovation as the BJP’s parliamentarians met for the first time today after election victories for the party in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

“This is a big victory; we are now ruling 19 states. Even Indira Gandhi, when she was in power, was in 18 states,” PM Modi reportedly told BJP MPs, sharing the journey of the party from two seats in the 1984 to now.

But the prime minister warned his colleagues against complacency ahead of a string of state elections and the 2019 national polls.

The BJP has retained Gujarat for a sixth straight term and snatched Himachal Pradesh from the Congress, taking its total tally of states to 19, including the five it rules with allies.

The party, however, won 99 seats in the 182-member assembly, missing the psychological 100 mark in the home state of both PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. The Congress, which has won its highest number of seats in the state since 1985, has interpreted it as a “moral victory”.

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