Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told BJP workers that for winning an election, they have to win "polling booths".
Interacting with the BJP workers via video conferencing on the occasion of the 38th foundation day of the party, PM Modi thanked them for working hard and taking the party to new heights.
Talking about the steps taken by his government for the welfare of the people, PM Modi said that Rs 80,000 crore has been saved by linking Aadhaar with government schemes as it checked corruption.
Earlier, taking a jibe at the opposition parties, BJP president Amit Shah today said that cats, dogs, snakes and mongoose are contesting elections unitedly because they are afraid of the massive Modi wave that has gripped the country.
Shah was speaking at the BJP's 38th foundation day celebrations at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) ground.
Slamming Congress president Rahul Gandhi for seeking list of achievements of Modi government in last four years, Shah said that the country was seeking the list of achievements of his four generations.
The BJP president also claimed that his party has sacrificed maximum number of workers in the history of Indian democracy.
He also added that the golden era of BJP will come when the party will retain power in 2019 general election and succeeds in forming governments in West Bengal and Odisha.
As It Happened:
05:10 pm: Rs 80,000 crore saved by linking Aadhaar with govt schemes: PM Modi tells BJP workers
5:00 pm: For winning elections, you have to win 'polling booths': PM Modi tells BJP workers
4:55 pm: We'll work for everyone following the principle of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas": PM Modi tells BJP workers
4:45 pm: PM Modi interacts with BJP workers via video conferencing.
4:37 pm: The BJP will neither scrap reservation for SC/ST nor allow anyone to do so: Amit Shah
4.35 pm: Opposition speaking lies to hurt sentiments of Dalits: Amit Shah
4.30 pm: We want Shiv Sena to continue alliance with BJP: Amit Shah tells media persons
2:57 pm: This is not golden period of BJP. The golden era will arrive when the party will return to power in 2019 and succeeds in forming governments in West Bengal and Odisha.
2:55 pm: Unnerved by massive Modi wave in country, cats, dogs, snakes and mongoose are contesting elections unitedly: Amit Shah
2:53 pm: Rahul Gandhi is seeking list of our achievements in last 4 years. I want to tell him that the country is demanding the list of achievements of his 4 generations.
2:51 pm: Our seniors used to say that we have not joined politics for enjoying power but to make it a mean for service. PM Modi is moving ahead on same path: Amit Shah
2:49 pm: Our party started with 10 members. Today, we have over 11 crore members. Earlier, we are teased with "Hum do, Humare do" taunt, today we are runnning a full majority government: Amit Shah
2:47 pm: In the history of Indian politics, the BJP has sacrificed maximum number of workers: Amit Shah
2:45 pm: PM Modi ensured that the Parliament functions smoothly but the opposition did not let that happen. Today, Parliament was adjourned sine die: BJP president Amit Shah
02:37 pm: PM Modi ensured that the Parliament functions smoothly but the opposition did not let that happen. Today, Parliament was adjourned sine die: BJP president Amit Shah on BJP foundation day, in Mumbai
01:18 pm: 134% productivity in the first part of #BudgetSession of Lok Sabha, 4% in the second part. 96% productivity in 1st part in Rajya Sabha and 8% in the second part: Ananth Kumar
12:55 pm: In the second stage of our protest, all BJP MPs will observe a one-day fast in their respective constituencies on April 12. This will be done across the nation: Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister on protest against Congress
12:02 pm: On the BJP's 38th Foundation Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited party workers for taking the organisation to new heights. The BJP is the party of "a New India" and his party "believes in India's diversity, its unique culture and the strengths of 125 crore Indians", he said.
12:01 pm: "For @BJP4India, the Karyakartas are everything. They are the heart and soul of the party, whose sweat has taken the Party to new heights. It is due to their efforts that we have the honour to serve people all over India and fulfil their aspirations. #IndiaTrustsBJP.
12:00 pm: "I bow all @BJP4India Karyakartas on the special occasion of the Party's Sthapana Diwas," Modi tweeted.
11:58 am: The prime minister said at 4:30 PM today he will interact with party volunteers through a live video interaction, via the Narendra Modi Mobile App. "It is always special to interact with hardworking Karyakartas!" he tweeted.
11:38 am: BJP works for connecting people, Congress works for dividing people. Congress indulges in divisive, negative politics. It didn't let the House function. We'll sit in protest against the negative attitude of Congress during last 23 days: Ananth Kumar,Parliamentary Affairs Minister
11:15 am: With over three lakh party workers expected to attend the public meeting, the city is facing massive traffic jams, especially near the BKC.
10:33 am: Amit Shah's address today could be a political messages ahead of the 2019 general elections and the state elections in Maharashtra.
09:30 am: The five Lok Sabha constituencies chosen are New Delhi, North East Delhi, Hamirpur in in Himachal Pradesh, North Central Mumbai and Saran in Bihar. Their MPs are Meenakshi Lekhi, Manoj Tiwari, Anurag Thakur, Poonam Mahajan and Rajiv Pratap Rudy respectively.
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A BJP statement said Modi will speak to thousands of party workers in these five seats besides the district presidents and their team members on a host of issues, and will also answer their queries.
The interaction comes amid an acrimonious slugfest involving the BJP and the opposition, especially the Congress, over a variety of issues, including the ongoing deadlock in Parliament and Dalit protests.
Also, the occasion is set to kickstart the party’s campaign for the ensuing 2019 Lok Sabha elections with a massive show of strength.
Over 300,000 workers -- booth level to Members of Parliament -- from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are expected for the mega event, said Danve Patil.
around 80,000 booth heads, 26 wings and unit office-bearers, 5,000 village sarpanches, elected members of 97 big and small civic bodies, all MPs and MLAs, district and sub-district heads -- who have been entrusted to bring other five-ten representatives each -- have started arriving in Mumbai.
More than 50,000 buses and vehicles and 28 special trains will ferry the activists from across Maharashtra and other states, at the BKC Grounds, all being supervised by Mumbai party President Ashish Shelar.
Elaborate arrangements have been made at the BKC Grounds with three massive stages, seven marquees for the events and another two marquees for the activists to stay the night.
Modi will hear the ideas of party leaders and also share details of his government's welfare schemes, the statement said. He will also answer their questions, the statement said.
The prime minister has often used modern communication technology to get in touch with party leaders and workers.