ALLAHABAD: Skipping any mention of controversial issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked party workers to follow seven mantras, including empathy and restraint in their conduct, and said people are not content with mere slogans but concerned about how the nation is being strengthened.
Delivering his concluding address to the party’s National Executive, which saw its president Amit Shah raising concerns over “migration” of Hindus from a communally-sensitive western UP town, Modi made no reference to the controversial issues
and instead asked leaders to use power for the benefit of society.
He also invoked Maratha icon Shivaji, saying he did not enjoy the fruits of power despite being a ruler and sarcastically added that the country has on the contrary also seen those who enjoyed the fruits of power without legitimately owning it, a veiled dig at the Gandhi family of the Congress.
The Prime Minister referred to the party’s win in Assam and growth in Kerala and West Bengal and had a word of caution for its leaders and workers.
“We are witnessing history in the making. We are benefitting from the hardwork of crores of workers for over many decades in building the party. We are in power in the Centre and many states as well. We should not get affected by this power but think as to how we can use this for the society’s benefit.
“There is a need to strengthen the nation. People are no longer satisfied only with slogans. They are concerned over how the nation is being made strong,” he said.
Briefing reporters about Modi’s speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Prime Minister also laid down seven mantras for party workers to follow in their conduct and policy.
“Sevabhaav, Santulan, Sanyam, Samnway, Sakaratmak, Sadbhavana and Samvad (Service, balance, restraint, coordination, positivity, empathy and dialogue)… The Prime Minister stressed to the workers that all these seven traits should be reflected in their conduct and policy,” Jaitley said.
He had earlier used the word “sadbhavna” (harmony) but later clarified that it was “samvedna” (empathy). “To sum up, the message from the National Executive is that when the party’s political power has grown, this power has to be used for the society,” Jaitley said.
To a question over what was the provocation for Modi to lay down seven point mantra, he quipped, "politicians make well-considered statements, not necessarily under provocations."
At the national executive, the Prime Minister spoke at length about the importance of sensitiveness, saying that it is not with words but with with continuous good behaviour and conduct, one can win over people.
Citing examples like somebody helping others cross the road, Modi said a similar sensitivity can be shown in policies like vaccination of children.
“If we ensure that no child is spared vaccination as it will prevent them from developing health problems, then it is sensitivity,” party sources quoted him as saying.
Jaitley quoted the Prime Minister as saying that India has missed a chance to grow during industrial revolution but has got another such chance now, which if utilized properly will strengthen the nation.
Asked about the Kairana issue, Jaitley said that the party President had already referred to both Kairana and Mathura issues yesterday and the party has nothing more to say on it.
His remarks came hours after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari dubbed the “migration” of Hindus from the area as bad for democracy and promising proper action after probe by a party team into the matter.
Targeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Jaitley dared him to accept the results of 2017 assembly polls as a referendum on law and order in the state under his tenure.
“If he is so confident about law and order here, then BJP is ready to accept the 2017 polls as a referendum on law and order. If this election is accepted as a referendum on 2017 polls, it will hurt Samajwadi Party very much,” Jaitley said.
The Finance Minister also faced questions over the long-pending GST bill in Parliament on which he expressed confidence that the number of those supporting the bill is growing and made it clear that he will approach all parties on the issue including AIADMK to see the bill through.
Underlining the significance of the timing of the National Executive, he said that it was happening at a time when Modi government has completed two years and assembly election results of five states have come in which BJP has registered victory and growth in those areas where the party was not traditionally very strong.