Cheering crowds lined the route of Narendra Modi’s cavalcade in the capital on Saturday, often breaking security cordons to shake hands or take a close look.
Arriving to a rousing welcome at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Modi held a massive roadshow, a day after leading the BJP to a historic victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
He waved the victory sign to supporters waiting outside the airport.
As he set out from the airport, thousands greeted him at various places along the route to the party headquarters on Ashoka Road.
Security personnel struggled to contain the crowd as people broke barriers and jumped security ropes to greet the Prime Minister-designate. At several places, people tried to shake hands with him.
Many who had come with flowers to greet the BJP leader found their offerings crushed in the melee.
Media personnel, especially cameramen, were not far behind, scrambling for better shots of the Prime Minister-designate.
At Dhaula Kuan, Army personnel came out of their quarters to wave at Modi. Employees of the Taj Palace, too, came out of the hotel, smiling and waving at Modi as the victory rally went past.
In his first stopover at 11 Murti, Modi stood on an SUV to accept the greetings of his supporters.
At Ashoka Road, he addressed the crowd before going inside the party headquarters.
There, he briefly addressed supporters, thanking them for rekindling “new hope” through their hard work.
“As a person, Modi requests all of you, don’t give credit for this victory to Modi. It is a result of the hard work of lakhs of workers. This victory belongs to those four-five generations who have toiled hard since 1952,” he said.
“The first right of credit for this victory goes to 125 crore Indians and second
to those martyred since 1952. In the last 25 years, thousands of our workers were killed in states like Kerala and those who gave up their lives in Tamil Nadu,” Modi said.
A tight security cover was put in place and hundreds of policemen and commandos were deployed along the route from Terminal 3 to Ashoka Road.
Security personnel were stationed on high-rise buildings along the route.
Snipers were deployed and anti-sabotage checks were carried out.
Police personnel and commandos sanitised the BJP headquarters and a multi-layered security apparatus was put in place around it.
Modi led the BJP to a massive victory in the elections with the party alone getting 282 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. The NDA got 336 seats. Congress won only 44 seats.