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On BJP's Foundation Day, PM Modi and Amit Shah's message to party workers

BJP is celebrating its 39th Foundation Day today.

On BJP's Foundation Day, PM Modi and Amit Shah's message to party workers

New Delhi: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrates its 39th Foundation Day on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah extended their wishes to the party workers. In a series of tweets, PM Modi said that "BJP was born with an unwavering commitment to serve society and take the nation to new heights." He also thanked the party workers for their efforts to make "BJP has become India’s preferred party."

"39 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 India’s preferred party. Greetings to the BJP family on the party’s Foundation Day," the Prime Minister tweeted.

He added, "The BJP stands tall due to its 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."

PM Modi also tweeted that he is "confident that the BJP workers would work day and night to ensure that the party is blessed again by the people of India to work for the country once more."

Amit Shah posted a photo of the party leaders like Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Narendra Modi and said the party is grateful to its leaders for the sacrifices they have made. 

"BJP workers consider the party as their own family. The development of the organisation and its political splendour has been possible due to the sacrifices made by these leaders," read one of Shah's tweet which he posted in Hindi.

In his next tweet, he urged party workers to work hard in this crucial time for "Sashakt BJP, Sashakt Bharat" under the leadership of PM Modi.

BJP was officially formed in 1980. The party's origin lies in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mukherjee. 

Ahead of the Foundation Day, party veteran LK Advani, in a blog addressed to BJP workers, said the party never regarded its critics as 'anti-nationals.'

Titled 'Nation First, Party Next, Self Last,' Advani wrote, "On April 6th, the BJP will celebrate its Foundation Day. This is an important occasion for all of us in the BJP to look back, look ahead and look within. As one of the Founders of the BJP, I deem it to be my duty to share my reflections with the people of India, and more specifically with the millions of workers of my Party, both of whom have indebted me with their affection and respect."

"The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our “enemies”, but only as our adversaries. Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political level," he added. (Read LK Advani's full blog here.)