Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said politics should be made central to people's benefits and therefore democracy must be seen "beyond" the paradigm of electoral victory and loss.
Briefing reporters on the sidelines of the BJP National Executive meet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in his address to party executives, Modi said, "While election victories and losses will continue, the BJP leaders and workers must see the mandate as people resting faith in them and this is only a means to serve people". "Democracy must be seen something beyond mere (contesting and winning) elections ...... and the BJP should see power only as a means to serve people," Modi said at the meet attended by 13 Chief Ministers, six Deputy Chief Ministers, around 1500 MLAs and galaxy of ministers and MPs and BJP's office bearers and frontal heads. Union Ministers and party veterans LK Advani and MM Joshi also attended.
Jaitley said Prime Minister also lashed out at opposition parties and said for long they had practised the politics of "upbhog (enjoyment)". "Therefore, now that they are in opposition, the opposition leaders do not know how to conduct themselves as opposition leaders", Finance Minister said quoting Prime Minister. Referring to instances wherein opposition leaders have often used strong words against the government and the Prime Minister himself, Modi further said, "mere harsh words cannot be substitute for any substantive charge against the government".
Modi today also made it clear that: ".....my battle against corruption will not be compromised and no one indulging in dishonesty will be spared". "Aur isko (battle against corruption) emphasize karne ke liye unhone (PM) ek vakyaka istemal kiya ke 'I have no relatives' (To lay emphasis on battle against corruption, Prime Minister made use of one sentence - I have no relatives)," Jaitley said. "Koi bhipakada jaega toh bachega nahi (Anyone caught indulging in corruption will not be spared)," Modi said. The reference to the word 'relatives' is certainly taken as a veiled reference to a section of Congress and RJD leaders whose kith and kin have lately come under scanner for alleged corruption.
Answering questions, Jaitley also said, "Any step against black money and corruption was never on UPA's agenda. Naturally, when we take any step, they will be uneasy about it".