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Perfectly sums up true essence of BJP, says PM Narendra Modi on LK Advani's blog

PM Modi added that he is proud to be a BJP worker and proud that the party has been strengthened by stalwarts like LK Advani.

Perfectly sums up true essence of BJP, says PM Narendra Modi on LK Advani's blog

Minutes after veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani posted a blog titled ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the veteran BJP leader's blog saying that Advani ji has summed up the true essence of BJP in a perfect manner, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’

PM Modi added that he is proud to be a BJP Karyakarta (worker) and proud that the party has been strengthened by stalwarts like LK Advani.

Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’ Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani Ji have strengthened it," tweeted PM Modi.

It is to be noted that Advani was once the mentor of Modi and he has played an important role in shaping up the illustrious career of PM Modi.  

In his blog, Advani, 91, wrote that right from its inception, the BJP has never considered anyone who disagrees with the party politically as our 'enemies', but only as adversaries.

"Right from its inception, BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our “enemies”, but only as our adversaries," Advani said in his blog.

He also mentioned that in the BJP's concept of Indian nationalism, the party has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national” and was in favour of giving freedom of choice to every citizen at personal as well as political level.

"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," Advani wrote.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauded Advani’s blog and said that as the founding father of the BJP the views expressed by Advaniji about extending democratic courtesies is very important. It is to be noted that Mamata's party Trinamool Congress was once a part of BJP-led NDA. The West Bengal chief minister welcomed Advani's statement and conveyed her humble regards to the former Deputy Prime Minister.

“As the senior-most politician, former Dy PM and founding father of BJP, the views Advaniji has expressed about extending democratic courtesies, is significant. Of course, all Opposition leaders who raise their voices are not anti-national. We welcome his statement & “convey our humble regards,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.

Here's the full text of Advani's blog

NATION FIRST, PARTY NEXT, SELF LAST

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.

Before I share my thoughts, I take this opportunity to convey my most sincere gratitude to the people of Gandhinagar, who have elected me to the Lok Sabha six times since 1991. Their love and support has always overwhelmed me.

Serving the Motherland has been my passion and my mission ever since I joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of 14. My political life has been inseparably associated with my Party for nearly seven decades – first with the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, and later with the Bharatiya Janata Party and I have been a founding member of both. It has been my rare privilege to work closely with stalwarts like Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and many other great, inspiring andself-less leaders.

The guiding principle of my life has been ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’And in all situations, I have tried to adhere to this principle and will continue to do so.

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.

Defense of democracy and democratic traditions, both within the Party and in the larger national setting,has been the proud hallmark of the BJP. Therefore BJP has always been in the forefront of demanding protection of independence, integrity, fairness and robustness of all our democratic institutions, including the media. Electoral reforms, with special focus on transparency in political and electoral funding, which is so essential for a corruption-free polity, has been another priority for our Party.

In short, the triad of Satya (truth), Rashtra Nishtha (dedication to the Nation) and Loktantra (democracy, both within and outside the Party) guided the struggle-filled evolution of my Party.The sum total of all these values constitutes Sanskritik Rashtravad (Cultural Nationalism) and Su-Raj (good governance), to which my Party has always remained wedded. The heroic struggle against the Emergengy rule was precisely to uphold the above values.

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. But they are also an occasion for honest introspection by all the stakeholders in Indian democracy – political parties, mass media, authorities conducting the election process and, above all, the electorate.

My best wishes to everyone.