Describing the huge victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha election as a vote for change, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said on Friday that the new government to be formed should set aside “ideological, religious and social differences” and create an environment for the nation to stay united.

“By setting aside ideological, religious and social differences, we expect the new government to create an environment where the nation stays united, there is total social inclusiveness and no one ever feels exploited,” senior RSS functionary Suresh (Bhayya) Joshi said in a statement which steered clear of controversial issues.

As political opponents have charged the BJP with pursuing a divisive agenda and creating an environment of fear among minorities, Mr. Joshi, who is RSS Sahkaryavahak, hoped that everyone would now take constructive steps to get back to a normal, amicable and positive environment in the interest of the nation.

“The process of lasting and positive change has its own pace and will be possible only through collective and coordinated efforts of government, administration, all political parties, common masses and social and religious institutions,” he said.

“Driven by the undeterred spirit of brotherhood, we expect everyone will work together towards fostering a positive environment for growth and peace.”

Senior RSS functionary Ram Madhav said: “The mandate of the people for change was expected. It is a matter of pleasure to us. We congratulate Modiji and the new government which is going to be formed under his leadership. We expect that it would do good work for the benefit of the country.”

On the possible RSS role in government formation, he said: “The Sangh will have no role in government and Council of Ministers.”