'Nation bigger than BJP': PM Modi congratulates party workers on foundation day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday congratulated the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the occasion of its 41st foundation day. The Prime Minister began the address by paying tribute to the leaders of the party such as Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Kushabhau Thackeray, Rajmata Scindia and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The program began with the party president JP Nadda’s address, who celebrated the expansion of the BJP to 303 seats in the Parliament and forming a government in 12 states under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.
“The BJP has always worked on the mantra of 'the party is bigger than the individual' and the 'nation is bigger than the party'. This tradition has continued since Syama Prasad Mukherjee and runs to date,” PM Modi said during the address.
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The Prime Minister celebrated the BJP-led government’s achievements. From abrogation of Article 370 and giving constitutional rights to Jammu and Kashmir to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, he spoke about how the party workers unitedly worked for the development of the nation.
PM Modi slammed the opposition, on the foundation day that coincided with the polling day of four states and one Union territory, for calling the BJP an election-winning machine. He said if the BJP wins it is considered an election-winning machine but if others win then that is credited to their hard work. “The BJP is not the election-winning machine, those who say this could never understand the democracy of this country and hopes, dreams, expectations of the people of this country,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said the BJP works for the development of the nation but the opposition has used the game of secularism and communalism against the party. Incorrect narratives are constructed against the government, Modi said citing examples of the farm laws, Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA and labour laws.
The Prime Minister urged the party workers to be aware and spread awareness among the people against this large conspiracy that the opposition is playing against the BJP to create political instability in the nation, through spreading lies and rumour-mongering. “Parties that began with help from local aspirations, became a family-based party later. These parties, who were wearing a mask of secularism, are finally being unmasked,” he said.
“The BJP means defeating dynasty-based politics. It means an opportunity to able leadership. It means transparency and good governance. It means 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas',” the Prime Minister added.
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Modi during his address to the party workers also spoke about party workers who were threatened in West Bengal and Kerala. “Hundreds of activists have sacrificed for the party. Hundreds of activists have been killed,” he added while speaking about the contributions of the party workers for ‘desh hit’.
The Prime Minister spoke about several initiatives implemented by the BJP-led Centre and said that we have always kept the primary focus on our schemes for the empowerment of women, be it Triple Talak, Mudra yojana for loans, Ujjwala Yojana, 26-week maternity leave, etc. The BJP means right ‘neeti’ or rules, clear ‘niyati’ or intentions and sharp decisions, PM Modi added.
Mukherjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951, which later merged with other parties in 1977 to form the Janata Party. The BJP came into existence in 1980, after the national executive council of the Janata Party restricted its members from being part of the RSS as well. The Jana Sangh members then left the party and began a new political party, now BJP.