He called for making India a happy and prosperous nation and a leading country in the world by 2022 for which the pace of progress needed to be quickened. "It's time for taking a long jump towards building a new India and rewrite history. We have done a lot of work but it is not adequate. We have to awaken our 'purusharth' (efforts) and work in mission mode," he said.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari briefed the media following the Prime Minister's address and said that PM Modi laid down his vision for a new India, and exhorted the party to work towards that end.
In a reference to controversial comments made by party leaders, PM Modi said some of them often get carried away when in front of a microphone and added that silence is a better attribute. It is more difficult to deal with a victory than a loss as many people turn up to advise those who lost, but not the winner, who could get carried away, he said.
Invoking Eklavya, a Mahabharata era warrior, PM Modi asked party leaders and workers to be their own guru like him in their work. "At a time when the party is registering victories everywhere, it is imperative that their 'utsah' (enthusiasm) does not turn into 'unmad' (unbridled passion)," he told the meeting, adding "silence is a big art".
PM Modi also hailed party president Amit Shah's stewardship of the organisation and credited his strategy for BJP's win in the recent elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh. Calling Mr Shah BJP's "Chanakya", the 4th century BC economist, teacher, philosopher, jurist and adviser to emperor Chandragupta Maurya, PM Modi said he had put in huge effort to strengthen the party across the country. He voiced confidence that BJP will win elections in more and more states under him. Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, the Prime Minister said, for 20 years leading to his quit India call in 1942, 'swadheenata' (freedom) dominated his public talks. "In the same way, we have to go into mission mode to think how we can bring about socio-economic transformation in the society by 2022," he said.
India is a rich country with poor people, Prime Minister Modi said, and blamed corruption and "vision-less governments" of the past for its current condition.
"Jan dhan, van dhan, jal dhan' (human, forests and water resources) will be the foundation of a new India," he said, underlining his agenda of tapping India's demographic dividend, launching sustainable development in forests for tribals and exploiting its water resources.
When his government took over, India's revenue receipt stood at Rs 13 lakh crore which has shot up to Rs 20 lakh crore now, he said, hoping it should be over Rs 26 lakh crore by 2019, when the term of his government ends.
Mr Gadkari said the Prime Minister, in a reference to the EVM row, asked his party colleagues not to be distracted by "negativity".