Speaking on the lead that BJP has taken in the early hours of vote counting, BJP leader Smriti Irani said, "If ever there was a vote for who should be our PM, then you know who my vote will go to. My vote will always go to Narendra Modi."
She said, "I am grateful that people voted in large numbers. I am grateful for the constant support that the electorate has given to Narendra Modi and the BJP."
Smriti Irani said that Modi's appeal as a politician extends beyond Gujarat. She said, "His appeal as a politician is because he does not indulge in vote bank politics. He rises above the caste factor and completely focuses on development. It is something that gives hope to many. If we want to be a superpower some day then one needs to concentrate on development and only development, "pointing to her favourable position towards Modi as a national leader.
The BJP is right now leading in 109 seats while the Congress is taking a lead in 66 seats in the latest figure of the counting of the Gujarat Assembly election 2012. The BJP will garner a two-thirds majority in Gujarat if these numbers persist throughout the day.