BJP stands by ‘Nation First’ mantra, it’s also a party of regional aspirations: PM Modi on ‘Foundation Day’

 BJP stands by ‘Nation First’ mantra, it’s also a party of regional aspirations: PM Modi on ‘Foundation Day’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing party workers on BJP Foundation Day

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PM rued that many call the BJP only an “election-winning machine” instead of looking at it from a broader perspective

NEW DELHI

The Bharatiya Janata Party stands by the ‘Nation First’ mantra and has always believed that the “the party is bigger than the individual and the nation is bigger than the party”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

“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 Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee and runs till date,” PM Modi said in his address to party workers on BJP’s 41st Sthapana Diwas (Foundation Day). The Prime Minister rued that many call the BJP only an “election-winning machine” instead of looking at it from a broader perspective.

“Our mantra has been ‘Vyakti Se Bada Dal Aur Dal Se Bada Desh’.This tradition continues to this day. We fulfilled Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s vision (of One India), scrapped Article 370 and gave Kashmir the constitutional right… It is unfortunate that some people call BJP poll-winning machine. They don’t understand Indian democracy’s maturity. BJP not only represents national interest, but is also party of regional aspirations,” PM Modi said.

He also lauded the contribution of party stalwarts Lal Krishna Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi for shaping and expanding the party. The Bharatiya Janata Party evolved out of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh that was founded by Mookerjee in 1951. The Jana Sangh later merged with several parties in 1977 to form the Janata Party.

The National Executive Council of the Janata Party in 1980 banned its members from being ‘dual members’ of the party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, forcing the Jana Sangh members to leave the party and float a new political outfit. This, the BJP came into existence on 6 April 1980.

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