New Delhi: Narendra Modi on Sunday met BJP workers for the first time after becoming the prime minister and thanked them for their efforts in helping the party win the Lok Sabha election.
Addressing a gathering of 300-350 workers at the party headquarters in New Delhi, Mr Modi said the workers were supreme and he (Modi) has become the prime minister because of their hard work.
Mr Modi said: "If we pass the test of commitment to public welfare, people will hail us."
A senior BJP functionary quoted the prime minister as saying he had also been a party worker and arranged chairs for similar meetings.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke at the meeting. He said Mr Modi worked a lot and as a result, all BJP workers supported him, irrespective of their caste or creed.
The party workers were also told they will receive a bonus for the hard work they put in during the polls, the senior BJP leader said.
Mr Modi also reminded party workers and staff saying, "there are great expectations of us and we have to work very hard. If you can convince people that you are working and taking steps for their benefit, then the nation will stand by you."
Calling the BJP office his 'prernasthal' he also said that it was only due to the efforts of the ordinary BJP worker that he could rise to the position of the Prime Minister.