Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Wednesday asked party workers to raise “Bharat Mata ki Jai” slogans aggressively while carrying forward the party’s “nationalist” identity, and at the same time ensure that the BJP, with its mighty membership, is like a “bunch of flowers that spread fragrance” instead of becoming an “iron ball that damages everything in its way.”
Addressing party workers from Delhi on the BJP’s 36th foundation day, Shah said they should not to be complacent now that the party is in power with majority at the Centre and in 13 states but instead work hard to ensure it wins all elections — “from panchayats to Parliament” — in the next 25 years.
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He said the BJP was formed as an alternative to the Congress, which came up “in the shadow of freedom struggle”.
The founding fathers of the party had formed Jana Sangh to make right the policies of successive Congress governments and offer an alternative political ideology, he said. “After Jawaharlal Nehru became Prime Minister, his Western-oriented policies and decisions compelled nationalistic forces to pave the way for founding of the Jana Sangh. If we had followed Nehru’s policies we would have gone on the wrong path.”
Shah began and concluded his brief speech with “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, a slogan that has made the party cadres come alive in the last few months after the defeat in Bihar elections. “Nationalism is the identity of our party…What the BJP is today is due to the sacrifices of three generations of party workers, who worked to protect the party ideology and ‘Bharat Mata’…now it’s our responsibility to protect, preserve and carry on this identity,” he said.
Shah also appealed to party workers to maintain BJP’s “unique identity”.
Recalling the party veterans and their contribution, Shah said, “Our workers today are very fortunate that they are working for the party at a time it is at a height of success. But it is our responsibility not to make or consider it the pinnacle and take the party to greater heights.”
Warning the cadres against complacency, he asked BJP workers “from Kashmir to Kanyakumari (and) from Assam to Gujarat” to strive towards building an “unmatched organisation, before which all other structures in the world look small”.
He said the three major programmes of the government — Namami Gange, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, and Swachch Bharat — are aimed to “spread the fragrance” of the BJP.
Shah also called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “world’s most popular leader” and said that under him the country has got a central government for the first time which is making policies and taking decisions by “keeping the poor and deprived in mind”.