Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated BJP workers across India on the party's Foundation Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated BJP workers across India on the party’s Foundation Day. “On the Sthapana Diwas of @BJP4India, I congratulate the entire family of BJP Karyakartas working across the length and breadth of India,” PM Modi tweeted this morning. BJP was founded on April 6 in 1980. BJP leaders have started arriving at party headquarter in Delhi for the foundation day celebrations. The party has planned to organise a raft of events across the nation to mark the occasion. “It is a matter of pride that people across India & across all sections of society have placed their trust in BJP. Gratitude to the people,” PM said. Hailing the party workers, PM Modi said, “We recall with pride the hard-work of generations of BJP Karyakartas who built the Party brick by brick with the endeavour to serve society.” PM Modi paid tribute to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at BJP headquarter.
Over 120 Lok Sabha constituencies, where the BJP had lost in the last polls but sees as winnable in the next, will be at the centre of its eight-day drive between April 6 and 14 with a host of senior party leaders scheduled to visit these areas. April 14 is the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
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On the Sthapana Diwas of @BJP4India, I congratulate the entire family of BJP Karyakartas working across the length and breadth of India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2017
Party President Amit Shah will be in Hyderabad and senior ministers like Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari in Kolkata South, Bengaluru (Rural) and Nizamabad, respectively during this period and hold a number of public events.
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Most of the Union ministers will be visiting states and constituencies which the party’s top brass has identified as winnable and party MPs will also visit one seat each where it had lost as part of its efforts to boost its chances there in 2019.
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The move underlines the BJP’s aggressive attempts to win over new territories. Its decision to hold its two-day National Executive in Odisha for the first time in 20 years is also being seen as a move in this direction after it put up an impressive show in the recent local body polls there.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had identified a long to-do list for the party in his address to its MPs.
“We will inform the masses about the central government’s achievements, the GST legislation and our win in the recent assembly polls,” party general secretary Bhupender Yadav said.
Yadav, who is in charge of party affairs in Bihar, will be visiting Madhepura, a stronghold of the Lalu Prasad-led RJD.
He said Bhim App, a digital payment interface, will also be popularised by party leaders and workers who will also undertake cleanliness drives.
Union ministers J P Nadda, Smriti Irani and V K Singh will be visiting Thrissur, Amethi and Rae Bareli — the last two being parliamentary constituencies of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and its chief Sonia Gandhi.
Kerala, another state where the party believes it has prospects, will see visits by several ministers, besides West Bengal.
Its general secretary Anil Jain and union minister Ram Kripal Yadav will travel to Ferozabad and Mainpuri, two Samajwadi Party bastions in Uttar Pradesh.
After taking over as the BJP chief, Shah had begun work on boosting its strength in a number of states, including Odisha, West Bengal, Kerala and those in the Northeast, as he identified them as places where it can win many more seats in 2019.
A better performance in these states can make up for the losses it may suffer in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan where it is likely to find it hard to repeat its 2014 feat.
(With agency inputs)