Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day address, where he called for ‘political consensus’ in the running of his government, was praised by several political commentators with one even rating him above Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first BJP leader to hoist the Tricolour from the Red Fort. His address to the people was not limited to political agenda. He focused on the kind of role society has to play in nation building, political analyst GVL Rao said.
When asked why Modi's speech was such a draw among all sections of society, Rao said, He talked about people's participation in development and how different sections of society have to come together and show service orientation. "He stressed on the need to show more concern on the situation of women and how we can eschew discriminatory practices against women including female foeticide,” Rao added. Addressing the nation from the Red Fort, Modi on Friday said he did not wish to run the government on the basis of majority.