BJP patriarch LK Advani expressed this view while addressing the first-time party MPs on the concluding day of an orientation workshop. (JPN/Agencies)
He also hoped that more Congress leaders would endorse what Antony has said.
"We should welcome this honest soul searching by AK Antony for he is now saying what we in the BJP had been saying all along. We have always said that secularism should mean justice for all, appeasement of none, discrimination against none," he added.
At a recent conference in Kerala, Antony had said that Congress' secularism was slanted in favour of the minority community and that had led to the majority section being alienated from the party.
The veteran BJP leader also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leading the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a ‘triple century’ victory with over 300 seats in the Lok Sabha polls and compared the Gujarat strongman to a batsman who became captain in the very first Test he played and scored a triple century. Modi is considered not to share the best of ties with Advani.
He exhorted the first-time MPs to be re-elected to help bring the BJP back to power in 2019 and gave them tips to shed arrogance of power, remain connected to party leaders and the public and work in the interest of nation building.
The BJP stalwart also said that the party’s decisive victory in elections had not only changed the political landscape in the country but also influenced the political debate in the opposition camp.
Advani also hinted that the Congress may not get an official Leader of Opposition place in the Lok Sabha saying, it does not even have adequate MPs to have its Leader recognised as the official Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
"As far as our party is concerned there is already a perceptible change in the way minority communities have been looking at the Modi government," Advani said.
He advised the new MPs to consolidate the trend wherein minorities have started voting for the BJP, and asked them to make the categories of majority and minority completely irrelevant.
"We should make the categories of majority and minority completely irrelevant, while fully safeguarding people's rights and freedoms to follow their respective religion," he told his junior colleagues.
He even told BJP’s first time MPs not to talk about the Congress or UPA government s failures, saying that people are convinced about it. All of us should talk about our government’s vision, its policies, plans, decisions, he said.
He also asked them to become ideal MPs in the eyes of people, advising them to be accessible, helpful and diligent.
The new MPs, in turn, said that they have become wiser and feel empowered after attending the workshop which has helped save six months of theirs which would have gone in understanding Parliament and their role of their own.
BJP should be in office for at least the next 10 years, Advani said, adding that to achieve this, MPs should strive to strengthen the bond between themselves and party workers on the one hand and with the public on the other.
Congratulating Modi for the success and the performance of his Government in the first month, the BJP veteran said the success goes not just to the leader, but to Team Modi as well.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Advani was happy addressing the new party MPs and remembered his Bharatiya Jana Sangh days and the thoughts of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya behind organizing such training camps.
Quoting Advani, Javadekar said that the BJP stalwart had asked the MPs to not be satisfied with just one victory but repeat their performance again and again.
Referring to the hard decision Modi has hinted at, Advani asked BJP MPs to explain to the people why such decisions are necessary and how they will help the nation and the common man in the long run.
MPs have a major responsibility in implementing the Prime Minister's important call to make development a people's movement, he exhorted his colleagues.
He also asked MPs to contribute in making India improve its Human Development Index Ranking to below 50 from the current 134 before celebrating the 75th anniversary of the country's independence.
The I&B Minister said that besides himself, others who addressed the MPs today were Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, former Union minister Ram Naik, party leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and RSS leader Suresh Soni.
The leaders spoke to the new MPs on the BJP ideology, use of media and social media, and ways of nurturing constituencies, etc.
BJP patriarch LK Advani expressed this view while addressing the first-time party MPs on the concluding day of an orientation workshop.