Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP
Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP

New Delhi: PM Modi, addressing newly-elected members of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the first time on Saturday since his enormous national election victory, said minorities had been cheated by the opposition and that it must stop immediately. “We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now sabka vishwas is our mantra,” the PM said. “The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been taken care of. In 2019, I expect you to punch a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said in parliament’s Central Hall this evening. “The way the poor were deceived, we were able to end it.”

Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting. On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi. Accusing opposition parties of using minorities for electoral gains, PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the BJP and his allies should remove the sense of fear among them as everybody needs to be taken along for the country’s prosperity. “Unfortunately, minori-ties of this country have been kept in fear, used in elections. We have to end this cycle,” Modi said, calling for winning the trust and confidence of minorities.