8 months, 3 Lakh km; Modi concludes his poll campaign

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8 months, 3 Lakh km; Modi concludes his poll campaign
Lucknow, May 10: Today marked the culmination of the campaign for India's Lok Sabha elections 2014, the world's largest democratic process. Here is what the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi tweeted after winding up his marathon campaigning:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>8 months, 5800+ rallies, Charchas, programmes, 3 lakh+ KMs…an extensive, innovative & satisfying journey. My blog <a href="http://t.co/6MLdibQpNB">http://t.co/6MLdibQpNB</a></p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/statuses/465147185131053056">May 10, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Modi ended his marathon campaigning in eastern UP's Ballia, where he thanked people for taking part in the process of democracy. "I thank people for voting in such great numbers", said Modi.

Modi's election campaign was one of the widest and most extensive campaigns in this election season. He began the campaign on March 26, 2014 and from then, he went on to address rallies in all states in India.  

After the rally in Ballia, Modi met senior BJP leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. ""After addressing final campaign rally came to seek Atal ji's blessings. Had met him when campaign started", tweeted Modi.

In his blog post, Modi saidthat the BJP campaign is 'the story of the hardwork of each and every BJP worker, who has selflessly set out to create a better India for future generations'.

In his blog, he also mentioned about India272+, an exclusive volunteer portal was set up to support the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP. Speaking about the site, Modi wrote, "Through India272+ we sought inputs from our volunteers. I was truly enriched by their ideas and contribution. Such forums have the potential to revolutionize campaigning and create a paradigm shift in interfacing and mobilizing well-wishers."

Modi's very own 'Chai Pe Charcha' programme was held in over 4,000 locations across India, says his blog. During these Charchas, Modi sat for hours and heard the views of the people and then answered their questions on a wide range of issues. Also, the BJP introduced a very innovative '3D rallies'. Modi addressed 12 rounds of 3D rallies covering 1350 locations.

However, Modi's campaign was not a smooth sail. On October 27, 2013, five people were killed and 66 injured in six serial bomb blasts near the venue of Modi's election rally in Patna. In May 2014, Modi was denied permission to hold rallies in Varanasi, from where he is contesting. The election commission refused to grant permission due to security threat.

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