BJP at its peak, workers should ensure it retains public support: Amit Shah

BJP at its peak, workers should ensure it retains public support: Amit Shah

BJP at its peak, workers should ensure it retains public support: Amit Shah

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "world's most popular leader", BJP chief Amit Shah today said the party is currently at its peak but its workers should ensure that it retains the public support it has received due to its organisation and Modi's popularity.

At a function where top leaders, including the prime minister, came together to mark the start of work on its new swanky headquarters here, he said the Modi government remains as popular as it was on the day it took oath.

"When we have the world's most popular leader in Narendra Modi, then it is our responsibility that we live up to the expectations of the common man and lend permanence to the wide public support the party is getting.

"We all under Modi's leadership decide that this golden era of BJP is not our peak. We should not be satisfied with our today's successes and have to grow beyond it," he said.

The new office spread across two acres at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg will bear the stamp of the party's cultural and nationalist agenda in its design, party leaders said, adding it will be equipped with latest communication medium and conference facilities, allowing its leadership to connect with district and block-level workers.

It is vastu-compliant, can hold a meeting of 2,000-3,000 workers, will have several conference rooms and a big screen outside to live stream any big party event. The proposed structure of six floors will be illuminated with ample sun light, according to a presentation made at the event.

Over two and a half hours of yagna was held with Shah at the centre of rituals for 'bhoomi pujan' and Modi and other top party leaders joining him.

The party is hoping that the new premises will be ready by December, 2018 and plans to hold its inauguration on the birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Shah was joined by all the former party presidents at the dais as he hailed the sacrifices of party workers during its journey from a 10-member organisation to 11-crore membership.

Today, BJP has over 1,000 MLAs, more than 300 MPs and is in power in 12 states either on its own or with its allies, he said.

Noting that the Modi government formed in 2014 was the first majority dispensation at the Centre in the last 30 years, he said, "It remains as popular as it was when it took oath. It is our responsibility to lend permanence to the support the party has received."

The party wants to open an office each in 580 districts of the country and has bought land in 250 places so far, he said.

While its commitment to its ideology has fuelled its growth, the way it is run will have to change with time, he said as he spoke about his thrust on the use of offices equipped with modern communication facilities to coordinate in real time its programmes from Tamil Nadu to Arunachal Pradesh.

The party is also working to document its history and efforts are on to put together audio and videos of its leaders.

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