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BJP faced more adversities in independent India than Congress did under British rule: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the BJP was the only party which faced adversities since its birth.
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi August 18, 2016 14:47 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the BJP was the only party which faced adversities since its birth.

Lamenting the fact that every effort of the party was seen in “bad light” , PM Modi pointed out that the BJP  faced more adversities in independent India compared to what Congress would have faced during the British rule.

“Even during the British times, the Congress party would not have faced so much adversity that we, our dedicated workers have gone through in 50-60 years,” PM Modi said while laying the foundation stone of the new party headquarters in New Delhi.

“BJP will be the only party which has faced adversities since its birth. It faced difficulties at every turn and its every effort was seen in bad light,” he added.

The event was attended by top BJP leaders including party chief Amit Shah, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley among others.

Modi further said that  fissiparous forces have become more active as the country’s strength has grown and it is now more imperative to ensure that the society is strengthened and becomes more harmonious.

Underlining his party’s commitment to take everybody along with the motto of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikaas’, he asked party workers to present to the country and the democratic world an example of how a party “devoted to ideals and devoid of dynasty” functions as the world knows the saffron outfit “not the way it is but based on hearsay”.

During the recent West Bengal assembly polls, it was difficult for the BJP candidates to even hire an office in Kolkata as anybody willing to give them space would face trouble, he said in an apparent attack on the ruling Trinamool Congress.

“No party has perhaps made more sacrifices than us (BJP) after freedom,” he said, adding that “hundreds of” its workers were killed because they were not associated with the prevalent ideology of those times.

BJP workers do not work for crowd but for organisation as “anybody can collect a crowd by talking about populist issues but what is more important is to stick to ideology”, he said.

In a lighter vain, he said election candidates of no other party would have forfeited more deposits than those of BJP as they kept fighting for their ideology irrespective of the results.

Modi used the occasion to congratulate grappler Sakshi Malik for bringing glory to the country by winning a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics.

(With PTI inputs)