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A few hours ago, I congratulated Ananth Kumar, on his victory in Bengaluru South.
This was a hard-fought campaign. I am deeply grateful to the voters who voted for me, for your faith in me. To those who did not vote for me, I regret that I was unable to win your support in the election.
We’ve been part of a historic democratic exercise. 55 crore Indians cast their vote across the country - this is the largest election turnout in world history....
I respect the choice that voters across the country have made, and I want to thank the Election Commission for its hard work, in ensuring that the process ran smoothly.
I want to thank the Congress Party, for their faith in me as a candidate. I joined the Congress on March 9, and I was entirely new to electoral politics. Yet the Congress leaders were incredibly supportive, and the leaders were united in their efforts for this campaign.
I want to thank the best team of party workers, the volunteers, and staff I could have had. Thousands of you knocked on doors, took part in events and made telephone calls, taking time away from family and from work to deliver our message. And I am especially proud that the campaign we ran was a passionate, energetic, and also a clean one.
Finally, I want to thank all the people of Bengaluru who participated in this election. Regardless of the result, this campaign delivered a powerful message, through the voices it raised and the votes it received. The demand for a better city has been heard.
Thousands of you reached out to us with your Ideas for Bengaluru. Rohini and I knocked on hundreds of doors. We met thousands of Bengalurians at your homes, shops, colleges and schools, and places of business. My agenda in the coming years include the priorities that you shared with me.
I promise you today that I will work with every party and with every level of government to get the change we need. So let’s work to build a better Bengaluru.
It has been a terrific journey so far. These are some of my favourite moments of the campaign. And today, it's time to bring about change in our #Bengaluru. It's time to vote.
On April 17, South Bengaluru, along with the rest of Karnataka, voted to elect its MPs for the House of the People.
When I came out with my family to vote, I met enthusiastic voters, party workers and volunteers. I saw voters make way for an elderly lady, close to my mother's age, helping her up the ramp to the polling booth. I saw children with their parents, watching a process they will be part of in the future. I saw new innovations happening across Bengaluru, where the h...igh-tech of volunteers met the high-touch of our party cadre.
We will eventually know the result on May 16. But I know one thing is certain: we are part of a movement that is transforming elections in India. Our efforts are helping make our elections more inclusive and diverse, by reaching out to voters online and offline, by encouraging first-time voters, and by connecting the energy of the party and ordinary volunteers together.
The people responded powerfully: engaging in conversations about real policies and results, and turning out in large numbers to deliver their verdict. The turnout in South Bengaluru was higher than 2009 and 2013. April 17 was a victory for the city and a victory for the voters.
This campaign has reminded me again: that we are all ordinary people, but together we can do extraordinary things.
I'd like to thank everyone who was part of this campaign. Our Congress leaders in Bengaluru South, as well as our party workers, who worked long and hard in the eight assembly constituencies. The dedicated volunteer group, Together with Nandan, who took time off from their jobs and their families, and came out on the streets and into apartments to persuade voters.
To all the people of Bengaluru who believe in me, who believe in us - thank you for your support. And I hope to thank you again on May 16 for giving me the chance to build a better Bengaluru.
Keep an eye out for lots of updates. Our efforts continue in the coming days towards building a better city.
And many thanks to Ramesh Hunsur, Sneha Vachhaney and Rohit Parigi for many of the wonderful photos featured on this page.
A successful road show held last week. Thank you to my supporters, Congress party workers, and all the senior leaders for standing together with me during the campaigning. The excitement to participate in the #FestivalOfDemocracy is palpable. Let us all vote tomorrow. 17 April, 2014 will be a historic date for #Bengaluru. Let's do our city proud.