Addressing his first media conference as BJP chief, he said, "There will be no ideological change (in the party) because of my arrival."
Gadkari vowed to take the party back to its lost glory after a flurry of setbacks in the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections recently
"In my next three years I have to expand the organisation base. We have to expand vote balance of the party. We will reach out to SC/ST, unorganised labour and do more work for minorities," Gadkari said.
"I don't believe in discrimination on the basis of religion and language. No such discriminations are acceptable." he said.
The BJP chief asked the party members to work for development and described politics as "an instrument for socio-economic change".
"BJP leaders are good. I was a junior activist and have been promoted to the top post despite the presence of stalwarts. Advaniji and Rajnathji said that they are standing behind me. They are supporting me fully," he added.