23/04/2019 10:12 AM IST

Elections Phase 3: Modi Casts Vote In Ahmedabad, Greets Voters Along The Way

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections at a booth in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

He greeted people who had gathered on both sides of the road in a campaign style procession to the booth.

Modi rode in an open jeep surrounded by bodyguards, instead of the a bullet-proof vehicle, to the polling station set up in Nishan High School in the Ranip area of Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.

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At the polling station, he was welcomed by BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from the Gandhinagar seat, and accompanied to the booth.

Before entering the polling station, he spent time waving at a crowd gathered outside. 

After voting, he stepped out to display his inked finger. He then walked a few feet as crowds chanted his name, while his jeep followed behind. 

In a brief interaction with the media, he said the “voter ID” (identity card) was much more powerful than the “IED” (improvised explosive device) of terrorists.

“I feel blessed to have exercised my franchise in this biggest festival of democracy. The power of the voter ID is much more than IED of terrorism,” Modi said. 

He urged people to come out in large numbers to vote in the ongoing polls.

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