Celebrating the foundation day of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, the party leadership signalled its intention to further expand its base.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Guided by the Mantra of Antyodaya, our efforts to serve India especially the poor and the marginalised continue with great vigour.”
Information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu described the BJP as the largest party of the world saying, “We have only covered half the distance. In the coming days, it will reach to the other sections of the people.”
Before flying off to Jharkhand, the prime minister came to the party headquarters at the capital’s Ashoka Road to pay floral tributes to Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
It is a matter of pride that people across India & across all sections of society have placed their trust in BJP. Gratitude to the people.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2017
The BJP is now 37 years old.
“The party has become from a nationalist party to a national party and now a common man’s party. We are the largest party in the world. We are covering a geographical area of 69% and population of 59%,” said Naidu.
Naidu also claimed that the recent assembly elections were a “landmark” for the BJP and the party had already made a clear departure from the earlier government.
“Under the leadership of Modi and stewardship of Amit Shah, the party has reached greater heights,” he said.