BJP president JP Nadda on Tuesday asked party workers in Gujarat not to worry about the upcoming assembly polls, saying his party was the only ideology. He was addressing a gathering of elected representatives of the state BJP in local urban and panchayat bodies in Rajkot city.
“There is absolutely no need to worry. Because BJP is the only party in this country which has an ideological background. There is no other party which follows the same ideology,” he said.
He said, ‘Whenever elections come, some people get nervous and say that this is happening, this is happening. I want to tell them why are they worried? You belong to a party of 18 crore workers. Just give your best,” Nadda said.
Assembly elections in BJP-ruled Gujarat are likely to be held in December.
Taking a jibe at Congress’s ongoing Bharat Jodi Yatra, Nadda said instead of worrying about uniting the country, the opposition party needs to focus on keeping its flock together.
“Where is Congress today? It is neither Indian, nor national, nor Congress. It is a brother-sister party (obviously referring to Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi). Nadda said that instead of Bharat pair, he should worry about Congress pair as senior leaders are leaving the party.
“Kashmir to Karnataka” and from west to east, the BJP is pitted against regional outfits that are family-led like the PDP and National Conference in Kashmir, the RJD in Bihar, the Samajwadi Party in UP, the TRS in Telangana, the TMC. Parties have been made. JMM in West Bengal and Jharkhand, Nadda said, ‘Do these parties have any ideology? Only a BJP worker can proudly claim that our party is an ideology party,” he said.
abrogation of article 370 by prime minister Narendra Modi (which abolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir) reflects the BJP’s ideology of ‘one country, one constitution’ (one country, one constitution) promoted in 1951 by Jan Sangh ideologue Syama Prasad Mukherjee in 2019, Nadda said.
He also praised Modi for providing “two made-in-India vaccines against coronavirus” to the country.
“People today must have forgotten how some political parties made fun of Modi’s efforts to develop vaccines at that time. Some had even sought evidence about their effectiveness. They tried to show our PM in a wrong way. But Modi did not lose his focus and gave two, not one, vaccines in just nine months. This is no small achievement,” the BJP chief said.
Nadda, who was on a two-day visit to Gujarat from Tuesday, later left for Morbi town to lead a three-km-long roadshow along with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Gujarat BJP chief CR Patil.
Talking to reporters during the roadshow, he said that the large number of people coming to congratulate him shows that the BJP will retain power in the state.
Asked if there is any threat from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party as Kejriwal has been visiting Gujarat frequently, Nadda said, “We live in a democracy and people can come here as many times as they want. But the people of Gujarat understand very well who to choose. Kejriwal was also in Gujarat on Tuesday.