Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that nationalism was the identity of the BJP. He addressed core groups of state BJP units and said the week-long ‘tiranga yatra’ by Union ministers and party leaders to mark the 70th Independence Day had made a good impact across the country.
He also asserted that the ‘yatra’ played an important role in spreading the spirit of national unity, integrity and harmony at a time when forces against them are at work, according to Union minister Ananth Kumar.
“We are continuously working for development but there are some elements who do not like it. They are trying to divert our and people’s attention. We will have to inform the common man that our sole aim is nation building,” a BJP statement quoted him as saying on Tuesday.
Modi also asked party leaders to make conscious efforts to identify with and work for all sections of the society and asserted that his government was dedicated to the welfare of the poor.
Noting that the birth centenary year of Deendayal Upadhyay, a party ideologue, starts from September 25, he said his government would continue to come out with pro-poor schemes to realise his motto of ‘antyodaya’ (uplift of the last man).
Earlier, party chief Amit Shah stressed on the need of discipline and unity in his speech and said it has to expand geographically and across different sections of society.
Besides the core groups of state party units, top Union ministers were also present at the event.
Modi said BJP should work to connect with the poorest sections of the society and asked the core leadership of the states to pay attention to it. He also added that the party should strive to become a social power and not merely political power.
This is the first time the party has held a workshop of core groups of all its state units with Shah noting that the groups are the foundation stone of the organisation’s working.
“We have to keep growing. It is necessary for this that the government and the party work in coordination, their work is reviewed with time and appropriate changes are made. The constitution of core groups in all states and their regular meeting can play an important role,” the party president said.
They have to ensure that in the states where the party is in power, have corruption-free governments which also remain committed to its ideology, he said.
Meanwhile, the Congress launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on nationalism.
“Narendra Modi’s statement at the BJP core groups’ meeting is one more act of political deception by a PM whose promise of ‘acche din’ and characteristic ‘jumla style’ (gimmickery) stands exposed before the nation…We want to remind Modiji that it was not nationalism that brought you to power. It was development, jobs, growth, good governance, promise of alleviating poor from poverty, eradication of inflation and bringing ‘acche din’ for all. The PM has conveniently forgetten these but people of India can see through his statement,” Randeep Surjewala, AICC incharge
of communication department said.
(With inputs from PTI)