The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated its 39th Foundation Day on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a message on Twitter on this special day “39 years ago on this day, BJP was born with an unwavering commitment to serve society and take the nation to new heights. Thanks to the efforts of our Karyakartas, BJP has become India’s preferred party. Greetings to the BJP family on the Party’s Foundation Day.”
He also lauded the saffron party saying, it “stands tall due to it’s democratic ethos and patriotic zeal. This is a Party that is always on the ground, at the forefront of helping fellow Indians. Our development work has endeared the Party to all sections of society, across the length and breadth of India.” He exuded confidence in party workers who “would be working day and night to ensure that our Party and our allies are blessed yet again by the people of India. In the last 5 years lots has been done and we want to do much more for the country.”
PM Modi also put out a short video featuring speeches of party’s founders, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, besides those of him and Shah. BJP president Amit Shah called upon party workers to put in an “untiring effort” to build a new India under PM Modi.
39 years ago on this day, @BJP4India was born with an unwavering commitment to serve society and take the nation to new heights. Thanks to the efforts of our Karyakartas, BJP has become India’s preferred party. Greetings to the BJP family on the Party’s Foundation Day. pic.twitter.com/fBHp3fBQ2a— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2019
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also tweeted: “Today is the Founder’s day of Bhartiya Janata Party. I congratulate all the workers, supporters and well-wishers of our party. May our party win 2019 Lok Sabha elections with a thumping majority.”
On Thursday, veteran BJP leader LK Advani had written in his blog, , “In our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political level It is my sincere desire that all of us should collectively strive to strengthen the democratic edifice of India. True, elections are a festival of democracy.”
On April 6, 1980, the members of erstwhile Jana Sangh, which had merged with the Janata Party in 1977, floated a new political outfit - the Bharatiya Janata Party. The group was primarily headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani. The founding principles of the party were cultural nationalism and Gandhian socialism.