With news of Narendra Modi’s victory trickling in, one corner of Civil Lines in North Delhi couldn’t contain its joy.
On Friday afternoon, people poured into Shah Auditorium at Shree Delhi Gujarati Samaj, where a screen projected the results of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Much like the screening of a blockbuster movie, the front row of the auditorium was packed with young adults and school children who danced and cheered.
“When the camera points at you, start dancing and chant ‘Modi, Modi!’,” Jagdeep Rana, founder member and president of the Gujarati Samaj.
The capital’s oldest Gujarati association (established in 1897), with close to 1,500 members, was clearly ecstatic as the chief minister of its state looked set to bag the top post of the country.
As the day progressed, so did the festivities. The itinerary comprised breakfast, lunch and dinner with quintessential Gujarati food on the menu, and laddoos being distributed every hour.
With firecrackers in the background, dancers performed the kachchi ghodi dance, while dholwalas kept the beat.
Kiran Rana (45), who has been working at the canteen of the Samaj for the last three years, said, “I I keep visiting my hometown in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. The kind of change I see is magical. Modi doesn’t just show us dreams, he makes them happen.”