The massive mandate to BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 is being seen by different people differently. For some it is because of the failure of SP government of the state and Mayawati’s dubious record as former CM, for some, it is because of the pro-poor policies of the government at the Centre.
However, for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the unprecedented victory is the beginning of a “New India” — an India that has new aspirations, new goals, dreams, a new way of looking at politics and how to deal with the government.
Addressing 1000s of BJP workers, who gathered in the National Capital to honour PM Modi, for steering BJP to a historic victory with his personal charisma, the Prime Minister said, “I see the result of five elections in five states as the foundation of a New India.”
He explained: “The elections signal the foundation of a New India — the New India of 65% population, the New India of dreams of aspiring women groups, the New India of poor who doesn’t want help from the government but an opportunity, an environment that would allow him to do something on his own.”
Prime Minister Modi’s sudden emphasis on ‘New India’ shows the confidence with which BJP workers in the country are brimming for now. It also shows PM Modi’s tremendous belief in himself and his government that they can rid the country of all ills that have hampered India’s growth potential across several decades.
PM Modi spoke like a statesman without harping much on the BJP success. The PM said that he doesn’t think of everything in terms of elections and politics. Not only this, he assured people of all five states that the newly elected members of respective assemblies will serve them well. He said this even as BJP is no more in power in Punjab.
Amidst chants of ‘Modi Modi’, Modi said that in a democracy, elections help form the government generally, but it is also a learning opportunity
He shared how in his conception of New India, people are increasing participating in electoral process and this should be celebrated. “The voting percentage is increasing. Not just parties, people are also increasingly participating in the electoral process. This is a good sign for democracy in India.”
“In this country, emotional issues have affected politics in past. But apart from emotional issues, parties have not been willing to go to polls with development as an issue. And even when they have done so, they have raised development as a poll issue only as a passing remark,” he added while asserting that all of this has changed and proved in the recently concluded elections.