New Delhi: After casting his vote in Ahmedabad’s Ranip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that voter ID more powerful than IED. “The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs,” PM Modi while speaking to media persons in Ahmedabad.

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He also likened casting vote to holy dip in Kumbh saying,”Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.”

PM Modi also urged first time votes to exercise their franchinse without fail. .”For the first time people born in the 21st century are voting.I congratulate them and invite them to vote.This is their century.They should vote to secure this century for their future.I hope they come in numbers to cast their votes,” PM Modi said after casting his vote.

(PM Modi seeking blessings from her mother)

Earlier in the day, before casting his vote, PM Modi visited his mother’s residence in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar and seek her blessings.

About Phase III Polls

Voting for third phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in 116 constituencies across 13 States and 2 Union Territories began at 7 AM on Tuesday. The states which are voting in phase 3 are Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Union Territories Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.  The polling will conclude at 6 PM.