Firing salvos at arch-rival Congress, BJP president Amit Shah said on Saturday evening that a party that caters to the interests of one family cannot work in the country’s interest.
Embarking on the BJP’s Vistaar Yatra from Jammu, Shah sought optimum support from intellectuals, youth and workers of the party in the BJP’s quest to make Jammu and Kashmir one of its bastions.
Addressing a gathering of prominent citizens in the evening, Shah traced the history and ideology of the BJP to Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee and said the BJP was based on principals and upholds its internal constitutional values.
“The BJP alone can work in the country’s interests. I joined the BJP as a member in 1982 without any political background and rose to the post of party president. Can anyone say who is going to be the next president of the BJP after my tenure? In this jam-packed hall, can anyone say who will become the BJP’s president next? But in the Congress, anyone can tell,” he said.
Shah said that among the 1,650 parties in India, only the BJP and the Communist Party have upheld internal democracy.
He said the Congress was a party without an ideology.
“It was a mass movement at the time of independence but it got limited to a family afterwards, and even other parties who got separated from the Congress did so due to its family politics,” he said.
Shah referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surgical strike on fake money and said he went ahead with the bold decision in the interest of the poorest of poor.
Shah, a key strategist of Modi’s campaign in the last general elections, also listed other flagship projects of the BJP like Ujjawala, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Shauchalayas, Garbi Kalyan Yojana, and Make In India among others.