| A family celebrates BJP’s victory at a restaurant in Patna on Friday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
For die-hard BJP supporters, a celebration was a must on Friday. Soon after the poll results trickled in, residents started celebrating.
While many went out to restaurants, some kept it simple and partied only with friends and family at home.
Amit Singh, a resident of Mahendru, who is a distributor of a branded coffee vending machine, said: “I distributed sweets among friends and family and burst fire-crackers to celebrate the victory of the BJP soon after the results came out on Friday. For a BJP supporter like me, today (Friday) is a big day as the party has come to power after 10 years. This definitely calls for a celebration. Many of my friends went out to restaurants to celebrate the historic occasion. However, I could not join them because of work.”
Amit added: “The enthusiasm of residents was at a peak in my locality. Many of them took out a march and raised slogans like Narendra Modi hamara Prime Minister (Narendra Modi is our Prime Minister) and others.”
Sunil Kumar, a senior sales manager at an insurance company, said he and his friends spent five hours at a restaurant where they were glued to the TV for election results and updates.
“Ten of my friends had joined me at the restaurant and we watched the news on TV for around five hours. We also partied and savoured delicacies after the results came out,” said Sunil, a resident of Mandiri locality.
Rita Mishra, a housewife who resides at Boring Road, said the BJP’s win gave her a chance to ask for a party from her husband. “I am also a BJP supporter like my husband but he is a bigger loyalist than me. He can’t listen to a single word against the party. As Friday’s poll results came in favour of the BJP, I thought what could be a better day to ask my husband to dine out. My husband readily agreed. So I would head for my favourite Chinese restaurant in the evening to celebrate the occasion. Some of our close friends would also join us,” said Rita.
Anita Verma, a housewife and a resident of Rajendra Nagar, said she celebrated the victory of her favourite party at home.
“My husband has bought chicken butter masala and shahi paneer from his favourite restaurant. We all would celebrate at home only,” said Anita.
Neeraj Agrawal, the owner of a sweet shop in Patna City, said he distributed sweets among his neighbours on the occasion. “I am very happy that Narendra Modi would become our next Prime Minister. Happiness needs to be shared and that’s what I tried to do by sharing my happiness with my friends and family,” said Neeraj with a big smile.