The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated its 39th Foundation Day on Saturday. Prime MinisterÂ Narendra ModiÂ posted a message on Twitter on this special day â€œ39 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 Indiaâ€™s preferred party. Greetings to the BJP family on the Partyâ€™s Foundation Day.â€
He also lauded the saffron party saying, it â€œstands tall due to itâ€™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.â€ He exuded confidence in party workers who â€œwould 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.â€
PM Modi also put out a short video featuring speeches of partyâ€™s founders,Â Atal Bihari VajpayeeÂ and LK Advani, besides those of him and Shah. BJP president Amit Shah called upon party workers to put in an â€œuntiring effortâ€ 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 Indiaâ€™s preferred party. Greetings to the BJP family on the Partyâ€™s Foundation Day. pic.twitter.com/fBHp3fBQ2aâ€” Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2019
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also tweeted: â€œToday is the Founderâ€™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.â€
On Thursday, veteran BJP leader LK Advani had written in his blog, , â€œIn our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as â€œanti-nationalâ€. 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.â€
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 LalÂ Krishna Advani. The founding principles of the party were cultural nationalism and Gandhian socialism.