New Delhi: After the dismal performance in
the recent Assembly polls, the BJP on Friday sought to enthuse the
morale of its cadre on its foundation day by highlighting the
"progress" made in party-ruled states of Gujarat and Madhya
Pradesh and achievements of its founder Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
"The present situation will change, darkness will give way
to light and lotus will bloom.... We have the blessings of
Atalji," Party President Nitin Gadkari, who inaugurated an
exhibition, Virasat (Heritage), at the BJP headquarters to
mark the 32nd foundation day of the party, said.
While praising Vajypayee several times in his speech
Gadkari recalled words from his poem, "Atalji had said there
will be light after darkness and the lotus (BJP symbol) will
"The confidence the ruling class enjoyed among the
people has ceased to exist... corruption has broken all
records. There is darkness. We have the blessings of Atalji.
The present situation will change, darkness will give way to
light and lotus will bloom," he said.
Gadkari said that he last visited Vajpayee, who is
bed-ridden and suffering from age-related ailments, about
eight days back. "I visit his home every fortnight to seek his
blessings...." he said.
The BJP chief praised the development work done in
Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Many saw this as a comparison of
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi- with whom he is said to
be not on the best of terms- and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
"If we look at the parameters of industrial development,
GDP and per capita income, then we will see NDA and BJP ruled
states are leading in every sphere, reflecting the pace of
He said by the year-end, they will be finalising a
document `India vision 2025` which would be the master plan
for country`s development focusing on all sectors.