‘It’s important to respect our electoral process and democracy’: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the electoral process during the recent Lok Sabha elections and said that the scale of the entire process has been immense. However, he termed the statement of some of the leaders stating ‘democracy has lost’ as unfortunate. He asked the Members not to question the wisdom of voters. “It is important to respect our electoral process and democracy”, PM Modi said.

Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, Modi said that the mandate of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections showcases the desire of the citizens for stability adding to it, he said that the trend of electing stable governments is now being seen in various States.

Modi criticized the questions raised on electronic voting machines (EVM). He said that EVMs have brought down the instances of booth capturing and violence.  “Now, the news is about rising turnout. This is a healthy sign for democracy”, PM said.

He noted that VVPATs have only strengthened the credibility of electronic voting machines.

Talking about election reforms, PM Modi said reforms are absolutely necessary for strengthening the electoral process in India. In this context, he mentioned that it is important to discuss and give inputs on electoral reform proposals like ‘One Nation One Poll’.

Modi said that the Union Government has strived towards simplifying processes, which can benefit the people of India and said the government believes in the empowerment of common people.

He highlighted the government’s work towards ensuring house, electricity, gas connection, toilet etc. for the citizens of the country.

Modi urged everyone to work towards making India a five trillion-dollar economy. He asked all political parties to work with a positive mindset and give suggestions and ideas for attaining this goal.

On Cooperative federalism, PM Modi said that it is important to have ‘national ambition with regional aspirations’.

Modi urged the citizens to do whatever they can, to make the nation better and stronger.

He asked everyone to work together towards taking India to new heights and creating a New India.