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Call to imbibe values inculcated by the former Prime Minister

Mr. Gadkari led the other party members in praying for the long life of Mr. Vajpayee

‘Party leaders and workers would strive to realise the dream of Mr. Vajpayee’

NEW DELHI: The 85th birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was organised with great fanfare by the Bharatiya Janata Party at its 11 Ashok Road headquarters in the Capital on Friday with newly elected national president Nitin Gadkari offering 85 ladoos to the Gods and the party organising a blood donation camp in which 85 volunteers were initially arranged for donating blood.

At the party headquarters, Mr. Gadkari led the other party members in praying for the long life of Mr. Vajpayee. As part of the celebrations of Mr. Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, 101 poor students were also presented with text books and other material by Mr. Gadkari.

Describing Mr. Vajpayee as a “man of development”, Mr. Gadkari said his contribution towards nation building was historical. The BJP president called upon the youth to imbibe the values inculcated by the former Prime Minister and work towards the service of the nation, mankind in general and the God.

Mr. Gadkari said the party leaders and workers would strive to realise the dream of Mr. Vajpayee of building a strong, prosperous and patriotic India. On the occasion, Delhi BJP president O. P. Kohli, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Amit Thakar and BJYM Delhi unit chief Anuj Sharma announced a public campaign against the terrorism by offering a sword to Mr. Gadkari.

A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion and while initially 86 volunteers were to donate blood, there was a surge in the numbers of the volunteers and in the end a total of 121 youth donated blood.

A large number of senior party leaders attended these programs. They included national general secretary of BJP Thawar Chand Gehlot, organisational general secretary Ram Lal, former national president M. Venkaiah Naidu, former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, Delhi BJP president Om Prakash Kohli, Delhi BJP vice-presidents Nand Kishore Garg and Pawan Sharma and former president Harsh Vardhan among others.

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