BJP and its mortal Jana Sangh had since Independence led all agitations held in national interest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said democracy is the party’s core value which enables it to take along allies successfully. Inaugurating the new BJP central office, Modi charted the party’s growth since its inception as Bhartiya Jana Sangh in 1951 and said it has never wavered from its founding ideals and is full of patriotism.
“After Independence, Bhartiya Jana Sangh and then BJP led all agitations held in national interest in the country. And we are proud of it,” he told a gathering, which included party chief Amit Shah, a host of Union ministers and its office-bearers. That is why the BJP is “dyed in the colour of patriotism” and is always willing to struggle and sacrifice for the cause of the nation, Modi said.
The party’s core values are steeped in democracy, he said, adding that it is guided by a democratic spirit in its thinking, working and executing its agenda.
At a time when some of his allies, including the TDP, have spoken about their differences with the BJP, the prime minister recalled the work of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. Vajpayee was successful in taking allies along while navigating regional aspirations and sparking a new hope in the country, Modi said, adding, “The root cause for this is that democracy is in our blood . That is why we are moving forward while taking everyone along to the best extent possible.”