Underlining the challenge before the BJP to live up to the expectations of the popular mandate at the domestic level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the voice of about 550 million voters will help him find the rightful place for India at the international level.
Modi was visiting the BJP headquarters here Sunday for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister.
“When I told world leaders over the telephone about the 550 million voters who cast their votes, they realised the scale of elections here. This democratic power of the country will have an impact on the world. We must make the world realise this,” Modi said, signalling how he is going to leverage the popular mandate at the international level. He said his initiative to invite the SAARC leaders was an attempt in that direction.
Addressing party workers, he said, “Had there not been a common strong undercurrent across entire Hindustan, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there would not have been a clear majority. This demonstrates the understanding about the need for stability in the minds of the ordinary voter.”
Dubbing the evolution of this kind of common strand as a “turning point” of the 21st century, Modi advocated the need for social scientists to research what he called “a deepening commitment towards democracy”.
While BJP president Rajnath Singh credited Modi for providing unassailable height to BJP’s election campaign through novel means that paved the way for a “new era”, the Prime Minister suggested that this could be the subject matter of a case study just as the first campaign of Barack Obama was made a showcase worldwide.
He cautioned about the need to not betray the popular trust reposed in the BJP.
“This is first election where electorate has given a verdict rising above the caste and regional equations. There was some common expectation that unified the electorate. I had told earlier that this is an election of hope. People have voted for their hopes. It is the responsibility of the government and the BJP to live up to the popular expectations. The trust of the people must not be betrayed,” Modi added.
The party president exhorted cadres to be ready to communicate BJP government’s works to the grassroots level through a proper coordination between the organisation and the government.
Modi was felicitated by one party worker each from booth, mandal, district, state and national levels.
Kiran Bedi tried to establish her credentials as a secular, pro-women candidate.