Taking an ostensible jibe at Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday said a party which is limited to one family’s interests cannot work in country’s interest. He added that only a party which is run on principals, and upholds its internal constitutional values, can work in country’s interests. Citing his own example, Shah said that he joined BJP as a member in 1982 without any political background and still made his way to become party president. “When I joined party in 1982, I was a booth member, and without any political backing, I went on to become party president from booth president,” Amit Shah said. Launching a scathing attack on Congress, he said, “Congress is not a party with an ideology, instead, it was mass movement at the time of independence, but it got limited to a family afterward, and even other parties who got separated from Congress were due to its family politics.”
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“In this jam-packed hall, can anyone tell who will become BJP’s president next? But in Congress, anyone can tell,” Amit Shah said. He added that in 1650 parties in India, only BJP and Communist Party have upheld the internal democracy.
Earlier in the day, BJP President began a country-wide 95-day tour from Jammu to strategize ways to strengthen the party at the grass-roots level with an eye to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election. PTI reported that visit assumes significance in view of the
deteriorating security condition in the state and tension between coalition partners–the BJP and the PDP–following certain remarks made by some BJP leaders and a minister.
Shah was received by a number of ministers and party leaders at the Jammu airport this morning. The BJP president was later taken to the Government Guest House in a big cavalcade in a scooter and motorcycle rally.