As Naidu endorses him, Modi calls NDA an ‘organic alliance’ committed to the principle of ‘nation first’

Balancing regional aspirations and national interests must run parallelly, says Chandrababu Naidu.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 07, 2024 | 2:36 PMUpdatedJun 07, 2024 | 7:22 PM

Narendra Modi addressing the NDA Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi on Friday, 7 June. (BJP/X)

The stage is set for Narendra Modi to become the Indian prime minister for the third consecutive term with an NDA Parliamentary Party meeting naming him as the leader in New Delhi on Friday, 7 June.

TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu and Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar endorsed the Modi, as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance with a message to balance regional aspirations and national interests.

Speaking at the meeting, BJP allies JD(S) leader HD Kumarswamy, Shiv Sena chief Eknath Shinde, NCP chief Ajit Pawar, HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi among others supported the proposal moved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to elect Modi as the leader of the NDA.

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NDA committed to sarv pantha sambhava

Addressing the meeting, Modi said he would strive to ensure unanimity in all decisions of his next government and asserted that the NDA is an organic alliance committed to the principle of ‘nation first’.

Modi also said the NDA government in the next 10 years will focus on good governance, development, quality of life and minimum interference in the lives of common citizens.

He said mutual trust was at the core of this alliance and they were committed to principle of ‘sarv pantha sambhava’ (all sects are equal).

He congratulated NDA leaders who have won in the Lok Sabha elections and said he must salute the lakhs of ground workers who worked to ensure this victory.

“This is the most successful alliance in the history of our country. It has completed three successful terms and is now entering its fourth.

“The NDA is not a grouping of parties that have come together to get power, it is committed to the principle of ‘nation first’,” he added.

Modi will develop India: Naidu

“Balancing regional aspirations and national interests must run parallelly while ensuring holistic development for all strata of society,” Chandrababu Naidu said.

He said Modi’s rallies in Andhra Pradesh helped the TDP win 16 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

Kumar expressed confidence that Modi will develop India in a big way and also pay attention to Bihar.

“We are confident that Modi will develop India and we will wholeheartedly support him every passing day,” Kumar said.

Pawan Kalyan, in his speech, said, “My heartfelt wishes on behalf of Jana Sena. I am fortunate and grateful for giving this opportunity to be here.”

“Starting 2014, in the the same place. As honourable Chandrababu Naidu just said, ‘We want to see Modiji rule this country for 15 years and it’s happening. Chandrababu ji, your prophecy came true. Modi ji, you truly inspire the nation. As long as you are the Prime Minsiter of this country, our country will never bow down to anyone,” Kalyan said.

Greeting Kalyan, Modi said he was not Pawan (wind) but ‘Aandhi’ (storm).

The bonhomie between Modi, Naidu and Kumar was clear throughout the meeting.

Modi’s BJP failed to secure 272 seats required for forming the government. The allies’ support will be crucial for him to completing the term.

“Balancing regional aspirations and national interests must run parallelly while ensuring holistic development for all strata of society,” Naidu said.

Naidu said Modi’s rallies in Andhra Pradesh helped the TDP win 16 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

“Today, India is having the right leader at the right time, that is Narendra Modi. This is a very good opportunity for India. If you miss now, you will miss forever. That is why we are having a wonderful opportunity today,” Naidu said.

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‘New politics’

Modi said the NDA strengthened the foundation of a “new politics” in South India with its performance.

He hailed BJP candidate Suresh Gopi’s victory from Thrissur Lok Sabha seat in Kerala, saying for the first time, a representative of his party could make it to Parliament from the state.

Modi also acknowledged the NDA’s electoral performance in the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu and said though the alliance, which included the BJP, could not win any seat in the state, the rise in its vote share there sent out a “clear message” for the future.

“In this election, the NDA has strengthened the foundation of a new politics in South India,” Modi said in his address.

Taking on the Congress, he said, “They had recently formed their government in Karnataka and Telangana. But the people’s faith (in the Congress) instantly shattered. They came out of illusion and embraced the NDA in both of the states.”

Thanks Tamil Nadu team

Thanking the “Tamil Nadu team”, he said, “Our NDA grouping is very big there… Many of the NDA partners in Tamil Nadu did not have their candidates. But to keep this flag high, they got involved completely. Though we could not win any seat in Tamil Nadu, but with the pace our vote share increased gives a clear message as to what is written for tomorrow.”

The BJP and its NDA partners in Tamil Nadu contested all 39 seats with the BJP fielding candidates in 23 constituencies. The NDA together secured an 18.28 percent vote share, showing an increase by 3.31 per cent. The BJP alone saw an increase in its vote share from 3.6 per cent in 2019 to 11.24 per cent this time.

“In Kerala, hundreds of our workers sacrificed their lives,” Modi said in an apparent reference to alleged killing of BJP workers in various incidents of political violence in the state.

“If such atrocities have ever happened against people living with a particular ideology in Indian political life, then I can say it has happened in Kerala. It has happened more than (what happened) in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“There was no victory in sight. Still, they never backed down from putting in utmost effort. Spent generations on it. And, for the first time today, our representative has come to Parliament from Kerala,” he added, in an apparent reference to Gopi.

(With PTI inputs)