New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday during a meeting of all the alliance partners. Before meeting President Ram Nath Kovind to stake claim to form the government, Modi said representatives who had been elected should not differentiate between people on the basis of caste, region and religion, and that it was the responsibility of all elected Members of Parliament (MPs) to not just work for those who had faith in us but also try to win the trust of others.
Talking about the work done for the socially and financially weaker section of people in the five years of the NDA under him, Modi said the message for the coming five years was not just development for all, but also to win the trust of everyone.
The BJP-NDA combine won 353 seats with the BJP getting 303 in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
"We are for the 130 crore people of the country, we cannot differentiate between anyone. We cannot differentiate on the basis caste and religion or region. We have shown how to achieve Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (development for all) and now we have to win Sabka Vishwas (trust of everyone). We are for the people who trusted us and those whose trust we need to win. Nobody should be 'other' for us. It takes a lot of strength to try and win the hearts of people," Narendra Modi during the parliamentary party meeting of the NDA.
Modi further elaborated that while the government in its first term had succeeded to work for the poor and socially weaker sections, in the second term, representatives should work towards winning the hearts of minorities. Modi said political parties had made false promises to minorities and created an environment of fear among them.
"False promises have been made to minorities and an environment of fear has been created in the minds of minorities. Minorities have been used as vote banks, we have to end this falsehood. The environment of fear and false promises have been made to minorities because we have been silent. We have to fight against poverty and the false sense of fear created amongst minorities," he added.
Modi also said that India had lived with the tag of developing country and poverty for long, and should now remove these tags. Talking about the mandate given to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, Modi said for five years the government worked for the poor, and so the poor voted the government back to power.
Cautioning the elected MPs of the VIP culture and the distaste of people for the VIP culture, Modi said they should not expect any special treatment just because they were MPs. "You are not just an MP who has to work for your constituency, you are an MP of the country and have to work for the entire country. You are law makers of the country and you should prepare yourself for the task ahead. You should think with national perspective," Modi added.
He also cautioned MPs against arrogance of power and said it would separate the legislator from the people. "Our connect with the people is like umbilical cord which should remain strong. People have given us Jan-Aadesh (responsibility given by people)," said Modi.
He also pointed out that MPs, particularly first-time MPs, should be cautious of their behaviour and words, and no member of the party or MP should make irresponsible statements. "Some people have the habit of making statements everyday, some have made irresponsible statements in the past. We should do away with the weakness of getting ourselves printed in newspapers and be seen on television."