Narendra Modi said responsibilities to new MPs will be given as per norms. (Image Credit: ANI)
All set for a second term as prime minister, Narendra Modi on Saturday advised NDA MPs to avoid giving media statements merely for publicity and shun the 'VIP culture'.
"MPs should shun the VIP culture, they should stand in queues wherever required, like other citizens," he said in his over 75-minute address after being elected the leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
Modi also asked newly elected MPs of the NDA to work without any discrimination, including on the basis of faith and castes.
He also stressed on the need to win over the trust of minorities, saying they were made to live in "fear" and "exploited" during elections for vote-bank politics, apparently a dig at the opposition parties.
PM Narendra Modi: 2019 elections have worked towards breaking down walls and connecting hearts. In a way they had become a way to unite the society...This gave a new height to these elections. The people have started a new era and all of us are a witness to it. pic.twitter.com/TnDhmbnAc0— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2019
"Unfortunately, minorities of this country have been kept in fear, used in elections. We have to end this cycle," Modi said.
He invoked the spirit of 1857 struggle for freedom, saying all communities had then joined hands for independence and a similar movement should be started for good governance now.
"We have worked for 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', now we have to strive for 'Sabka Vishwas'...The ones who vote for us, are a part of us. The ones who don't, are also a part of us," he said, stressing that no one must be left behind and there should be no discrimination.
PM Narendra Modi addressing NDA Parliamentary meeting: I'm talking to you after bowing before the constitution, there can not be a 'bhed-rekha' for a people's representative. We are for those who were with us, we are also for those who will be with us. pic.twitter.com/Sd3TUXrk3q— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2019
With speculation rife over who will join his Council of Ministers, Modi said he was yet to go through details of all the NDA MPs and asked them to not trust media reports in this regard, adding they are aimed at creating confusion and often put out with "bad intentions".
Responsibilities will be given as per norms, he said.
Modi said elections often divide and create gulf but 2019 polls united people and society.
There was a pro-incumbency sentiment in this election and its result was a positive mandate, he said, adding that there is no better path than serving people when in power.
"We ran the government for poor people between 2014-19 and I can say the poor elected govt this time," he said. He also called for the NDA to work with cohesion for the country's development and said his "naara" (slogan) for the alliance is "national ambition and regional aspirations".
The NDA has 353 MPs, including 303 of the BJP.