Himachal Pradesh: Amit Shah asks faction-ridden state BJP to work as a team
Even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh remains as much a divided house, the saffron party national chief Amit Shah on Friday asked the state leaders and workers to set aside their differences and work as a team.Updated: May 01, 2015 19:35 IST
Even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh remains as much a divided house, the saffron party national chief Amit Shah on Friday asked the state leaders and workers to set aside their differences and work as a team.
“The party can never be individual-centric. The only face in your mind should be that of 'mother India'. Burry your hatchets and work as a team to regain power in next assembly elections in the hill-state,” said Shah, who was here to attend the BJP's state executive meeting.
He exhorted the workers to take pledge to strengthen the party to an extent that next time when BJP forms a government it is never off power for a long time.
Describing the time (March 2014 onwards) as a golden era of the saffron party, Shah said in the history of Indian democracy this period would be dedicated to the workers. “It is after 30 years that a party got full majority, while it took 68 years for a non-Congress government to achieve the feat,” said Shah, adding, “The 10-worker Jansangh of 1950 is now 10 crore-member BJP, the largest in the world.”
He said this long journey was not an easy one and many leaders made sacrifices dedicating their life for proliferation of the idea on bases of which the party was formed. He remembered leaders like Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, AB Vajpayee and LK Advani and their contribution to the party.
“Our ideology was first mocked by our opponents. When it spread they opposed it, we were touted as communal, still we kept going,” said the BJP national chief.
“Ensure that the ideas and principal, on the bases of which the party was formed are never diluted and the aim is not forgotten,” he told the workers. With the party's nation-wide membership drive a success, Shah said it was an initial step to identify the well-wishers of the party and its policies.
“Now as over 10 crore well-wishers have registered with the party, our next aim is to convert them into party workers during mega-outreach programme starting today (Friday),” he said.
Maintaining that it was time to spread BJP ideology across length and breadth of country, Shah said “One day we will see 'mother India' becoming 'vishaw guru' again.”
Opposition diffusing misconceptions on land bill
Slamming the Congress, the BJP national chief alleged that Opposition (Congress) was diffusing misconception on land bill.
“The party that took away farmers' land could not mislead people on reform legislation,” said Shah, adding that the Opposition charged BJP of being pro-corporate, but the people knew who gave undue benefit to corporate by allocating coal mines and 2G spectrum.
BJP has given solutions to all the problems of farmers in land bill and workers should propagate the same during 'outreach programme', he said, stating not a inch of land would go to the corporate to give any undue benefits.
“Narendra Modi-led central government has brought transparency by auctioning coal mines and 2G spectrum generating profit amounting to thousands of crore. This money will be spent for relief of poor and farmers,” he said, cautioning the Opposition to stop leveling baseless charges, as it will only expose them.
He said the welfare schemes of NDA government had come as a huge relief to the general masses and were aimed at re-building the nation.
First Published: May 01, 2015 19:29 IST