Beaming with joy and pride writ on his visage following the BJP’s stellar performance in the assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his best in the afterglow of the win.
His words sparkled with wit as he alluded to New Delhi’s cold climate. “However, the political heat in the country is increasing,” the PM said.
Flanked by Prahlad Joshi, Arjun Meghwal and Dr Jitendra Singh, Modi was unusually generous towards the opposition, advising them to improve their standing in the eyes of the people.
“It is not right for democracy if your image becomes one of hatred and negativity. Opposition is equally important for democracy; it should be equally capable,” he asserted.
“[It’s] a golden opportunity for our colleagues sitting in opposition to leave behind the tendency of negativity of the last nine years. The country will change its point of view for them,” the PM added.
Referring to the Congress’s caste census plank, the Prime Minister said, “Those who follow the principle of empowerment of women, youth, farmers, and the poor get tremendous support. When there is a commitment to public welfare, the word anti-incumbency becomes irrelevant.”
He has appealed to the MPs to come to Parliament with positive energy and not make the temple of democracy a platform for politics.
Calling the assembly elections’ results very encouraging, he said they would contribute to India’s welfare.
He did not mention Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the BJP’s longest-serving chief minister in the country. With a resounding win in Madhya Pradesh, he has beaten 18 years of anti-incumbency. The BJP also wrested power from the Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh by a significant margin.
The Parliament’s winter session, commencing on December 4, will conclude on December 22.