Bhubaneswar: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said the credit for formation of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre goes to the people and not to any individual or party as the change was possible due to their wish.
"Credit for formation of new government goes to the people of the country as they wanted to bring about a change. It was not due to any particular leader or party," Bhagwat said at a function here without naming anyone.
Yesterday Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hailed Amit Shah as 'Man of the Match' at the BJP National Council Meet in New Delhi.
Stating that people get the government they deserve, Bhagwat said the same individuals as well as the parties were present earlier but no change of guard had been possible.
Mentioning that some people gave credit to the party while others gave credit to "some individuals" for the victory, he said in fact the change came only when the people of the country decided.
The RSS chief also stressed on the security and development of the country and said its responsibility lies with the people and not with the government because voters are "owners" (of state).
"We have treated rituals as the religion. That is why we are facing the consequences...We have treated 'tathya' and 'vyavhar' separately...That is one of the main reasons why the country is suffering the consequences," Bhagwat said.
Lauding those behind bringing out the encyclopaedia, Bhagwat said there was a need for it in society and hoped it will not find its way only in museums but will be read by the people.
He said those behind the encyclopedia have done their job by launching it and by giving the people of the country the responsibility to gain knowledge of their roots.
Vice President Hamid Ansari was also present during his address.
Among others who also spoke included HRD Minister Smriti Irnai, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, Swami Chidanand Saraswati of India Heritage Research Foundation, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, president of All-India Imam Organisation and Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan of Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Jain saint Acharya Lokesh Muni of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati, besides industrialist B K Modi.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was also present.