While BJP now prefers to maintain silence over the Ram temple issue, a video being shown to party workers at training workshops these days highlight how the Ayodhya movement and rath yatra by party veteran Lal Krishna Advani had helped several crores of people from across the country associate with the party.
The 12-minute video shows pictures of Advani participating in several yatras with Ram temple in the backdrop.
It displays a message that rath yatras had increased the support base of the party.
The Jan Chetna Yatra led by Advani in 2011, focusing upon BJP’s agenda of good governance and against corruption, is also a part of the video.
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That video is being screened in different workshops where party workers are being trained for BJP’s Mahasampark Abhiyan.
In this campaign, workers will reach out to over 10 crore party members across the country and narrate its history and ideology, contribution of senior leaders and achievements of the Narendra Modi government.
Before the campaign begins, through the video, workers are being told about BJP’s history from the time of Jan Sangh, its merger with the Janata Party and then formation of BJP by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Besides photographs of yatras, the video also contains speeches of Atal, Modi and national president Amit Shah. Further, the Pokhran nuclear test and Golden Quadrangle national highway project of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government have been highlighted.
When contacted, BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said: “Different leaders and workers have made valuable contribution in strengthening the party organisation since its conception.”
“Workers are being told about this through the video so that they can explain the party’s ideology and history to the new members,” he added. In the video, Modi has been shown as ‘Mahanayak’ because of his “good governance” in Gujarat and for ending the 10-year rule of Congress-led UPA government.
Besides Modi, Shah’s leadership quality has also been praised in the video. The video shows how BJP won the Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir because of his leadership.