Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, 6 April, interacted with Bharatiya Janata Party workers of five Lok Sabha seats and the presidents of the party’s 734 district units though his NaMo App, to mark the party’s 38th foundation day.
Stating that the BJP followed democratic ideals while shunning “dynastic and caste-based politics,” Modi encouraged the party workers to work for the people in tandem with the government.
‘We Want to Work With Shiv Sena’: Amit Shah in Mumbai
The BJP celebrated its 38th foundation day, marking the day with a mega event in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, party president Amit Shah said that the party was not aiming to bring in a “Congress-mukt Bharat,” but a “Congress culture-mukt Bharat.”
Addressing concerns about the BJP’s rocky relationship with the Shiv Sena, the BJP president said the party wished to stay with its local alliance partner.
Hamari haardik icchha hai ke sath mein rahe (It is our deepest wish that we [Shiv Sena] remain together).Amit Shah, president, BJP
He also criticised the Opposition for launching a joint effort to take down the BJP government in the upcoming 2019 general elections. “I have heard that whenever floods happen, all the animals come together. Similarly, all these animals like snakes, dogs, cats and mongoose are coming together to fight the Modi flood,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Shah had also blamed the Opposition for the Budget Session washout. “Ghulam Nabi Azad, you fix the stage and we'll be up for debate. We have nothing to hide," the BJP president had reportedly said.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also took to the dais at the party’s ‘Maha Rally’ in the Bandra Kurla complex.
Ministers Piyush Goyal, Suresh Prabhu, Prakash Javadekar and Hansraj Ahir were also present at the venue.
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar (62), being treated in a US hospital for a pancreatic ailment, took to Twitter to wish the party on its foundation day.
‘For BJP, The Karyakartas are Everything’: PM Modi
Many BJP leaders, including Modi, took to Twitter to thank and congratulate the karyakartas (party workers) on the occasion.
(With inputs from PTI)