The parliamentary board of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has today hailed the verdict given by the people of the country in Election 2014. In a press release issued this afternoon, the party said, “The people of India have spoken and spoken decisively. For the first time since Independence a non-Congress political party has got a majority on its’ (sic) own.”
Noting that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has got an overwhelming mandate to govern, it said, “India needs a government which is effectively led, and which can put the country’s economy on a growth track, make it secure and provide a government in accordance with the highest standard of probity.”
It is noteworthy that the BJP is maintaining its promise of a secular agenda even after the elections are over and when the people’s mandate cannot be reversed till the end of the coming government’s term. There is no mention of any Hindutva programme in the parliamentary board’s statement.
The party has thanked the people of India for reposing faith in the BJP, and expressed its “deep sense of appreciation for all its workers and leaders who put in a Herculean effort to ensure this win”.
The highest decision making body of the BJP has expectedly extolled “the tireless effort and leadership” provided by Narendra Modi, whom it had declared its prime ministerial candidate in September last, in this campaign. “It was this inspirational and visionary leadership which caught the imagination of the people of India and they reposed faith in it,” the release said.
All members of the board were present at the press briefing in a show of solidarity, trying to put to rest the speculation that LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj in particular were displeased with the Modi-focussed campaign. The party patriarch and so far the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha were present on the occasion along with party president Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, other top leaders and, of course, Modi, the prime minister-designate.
Early this day, Modi had flown to Delhi from Ahmedabad to carry a victory procession and attend the crucial meeting, a day after India pronounced landslide victory for him.
Soon after landing in the national capital, Modi led an elaborate two-hour long victory procession from the airport to the BJP headquarters. A sea of supporters waved BJP flags, blew conches, beat drums, danced and shouted slogans as soon as Modi stepped out of the airport after flying in from Gujarat. The celebrations continued all through the long route.
The board will meet on 20 May to formally elect Narendra Modi its leader, a formality before his anointment as the country’s Prime Minister.
Rajnath Singh told the mediapersons on the occasion that no questions would be taken for the day, and that the journalists had been invited to the party office only to intimate them about the parliamentary board decision.