Modi, Shah boost morale of party workers amid state polls
On BJP Foundation Day, Modi and Shah praise crores of BJP Karyakartas for their dedication to nation building
New Delhi: Amid Assembly elections in some states, Bharatiya Janata Party top brass including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday boosted morale of party workers saying they served the people in "exemplary manner" and were determined to take the country to a "new heights of progress".
On BJP Foundation Day, Modi saluted crores of BJP Karyakartas who have always served the BJP with admirable vigour and great dedication while Shah extended his heartfelt best wishes to millions of party workers.
"My good wishes to all BJP Karyakartas as they continue their selfless journey of catering to aspirations of people and serving society. Wherever BJP has formed Governments, they served people in an exemplary manner. BJP is proud of its industrious CMs serving in many states," Modi said in a series of tweets.
"From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Arunachal Pradesh, people have reposed faith in BJP and see BJP as a party to fulfill their dreams. Guided by love for India & determined to take India to new heights of progress, generations of Karyakartas devoted their lives to the Party," he said.
The message from the BJP top brass comes amid the Assembly election in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Crucial Assembly elections are also due in Uttar Pradesh and other states next year. The country will also head for Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
Low morale among grass root party workers is often blamed for BJP's double debacle in Delhi and Bihar. In Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party swept the polls cornering 67 out of 70 seats while Janata Dal (United) under Nitish Kumar increased its seats to more than three-fourth in Bihar last year.
Two non-BJP states West Bengal and Assam headed to the first round of Assembly polls on April 4. Although BJP does not have a big presence in West Bengal, Modi and Shah are seeking to increase seats in the state dominated by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress. The Congress has tied up with Left Front comprising CPI(M) and other communist parties.
After the success in Lok Sabha polls where BJP cornered half of the 14 seats, BJP is trying to topple the 15-year old Congress government led by Tarun Gogoi in Assam.
On March 20, Modi urged party workers to highlight the government’s development agenda, poverty eradication and employment generation schemes to win over voters' confidence.
Addressing the National Executive meeting, Modi asked party cadre to involve in “constructive” work and invite and absorb new people, reach out to different sections of society and bring apolitical people to party fold. Modi also highlighted the need to delink terror and religion.
“Let's not deviate from the agenda. Our agenda is development, development and development. Eradication of poverty, creation of employment, upliftment of poorest of poor, emancipation of women and making agriculture remunerative are our priorities,” Modi told BJP workers.
After Modi rode a wave to power in Lok Sabha elections, the BJP government has been rolling out one scheme after including Jan Dhan, Pahal, Mudra, Fasal Bima Yojana, Skill India and Soil Health Card to uplift millions out of poverty. Modi has also unveiled Make in India, Digital India and Startup India to rejuvenate the manufacturing and services sectors. On Tuesday, Modi launched yet another scheme “Stand up India” to uplift the millions of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe and women out of poverty.