New Delhi, Apr 6 : Famously known for blending economic development with neo-nationalism stance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the BJP Foundation Day on Saturday said "unwavering commitment to serve society and take the nation to new heights" has made the saffron party the country's preferred party.
"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 said.
"I am confident that the entire family of BJP karyakartas 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 five years lots has been done and we want to do much more for the country," the Prime Minister wrote in a series of tweets.
He said the saffron party, founded way back on April 6 in 1980, "stands tall due to it’s democratic ethos and patriotic zeal".
Mr Modi further tweeted that, thirty nine years ago the BJP was born with an unwavering commitment to serve society and take the nation to new heights.
"Thanks to the efforts of our Karyakartas, the BJP has become India’s preferred party. Greetings to the BJP family on the Party’s Foundation Day".
The Prime Minister also put out a short video featuring speeches of party's founders, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, besides those of him.
The BJP is the country's largest political party in terms of representation in Parliament and state Assemblies, and it is considered to be world's largest party in terms of primary membership.
It has been right-wing party with its policy linked to Hindu nationalist positions and it draws ideological inspiration and organisational support to the Sangh Parivar fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
In his missive, BJP president Amit Shah said on the occasion of party's foundation day, it will be relevant to bow down and pay respect to all great leaders who have worked hard and made lot of sacrifices to help the party achieve such milestones.
In his election speech in Odisha on Saturday, Prime Minister slammed the Congress for only giving slogans for eradication of poverty but said it never took any step to ensure it.
"The Congress has all along been reaping political benefits by employing poverty as a major weapon. Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the Congress exists," Mr Modi said addressing the BJP's election rally in Sonepur.
In the run up to the general elections, the BJP poll strategists have generally sought to keep the debate focused on nationalism and anti-terror rhetoric.
During last few years in major assembly elections - especially in minority infested northeastern states, the BJP’s electoral promise used to be to provide a corruption-free government focused on people’s socio economic development. (UNI)