Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the power of a "voter ID" is much more than the "IED" of terrorists.
PM Modi, after casting his vote at Nishan High School, located in Ranip area of Ahmedabad city, appealed the people to come out in large numbers to vote in all the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha polls.
"Indian democracy presents an example before the world. While on one hand, an IED (improvised explosive device) is the weapon of terrorists, on the other hand, the voter ID (identity) is the weapon and power of democracy," he told the mediapersons.
"I am confident that the power of voter ID is much more than the IED and we should understand the importance of the voter ID card and come out to vote in large numbers," he added.
Modi said he feels fortunate to participate in "the great festival of democracy" in his home state Gujarat.
"The third phase of polling is taking place today in the country. I am fortunate that I also got the proud moment to fulfil my duty by voting in my home state Gujarat and to have an active participation in this great festival of democracy," he said.
"By voting, I feel the same sense of purity that one gets after taking bath at the Kumbh mela," he told reporters.
Urging people to vote with full enthusiasm, he said, "The intelligence of Indian voters to understand whom to vote and whom not to vote is a matter of case study."
He also welcomed the active participation of young voters, born in the 21st century, who are exercising their franchise for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, and conveyed his best wishes to them.
"This entire century belongs to those who are voting for the first time. They have to vote for the bright future of this century. Therefore, I would especially urge the new voters to commit to hundred per cent voting," he said.
"I am grateful to all the lovers of democracy who voted in large numbers in the first and second phases of the Lok Sabha elections," he said.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister went to seek blessings of his mother Hiraba Modi at his younger brother Pankaj Modi's residence at Raisan village, located close to the state capital Gandhinagar.
He spent around 20 minutes with his mother, who gave him a shawl, sweets and a coconut and her blessings for his victory in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
The prime minister stayed at the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar overnight and in the morning went with a limited SPG security cover to seek his mother's blessings.
After meeting his mother, he also briefly interacted with the society residents and allowed children to take selfies with him, before leaving for Ranip to cast his vote.
The excited residents of the locality said the prime minister urged them to vote.