Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted BJP members to become a “bridge of faith” between the party and the common man, while delivering the valedictory address at the party’s national executive meet being held for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
The pandemic and its effects and what was expected of people in public life occupied much of Mr. Modi’s speech, where he stressed that the BJP runs on the values of “ Sewa, Sanklap aur Samparan (service, resolution and commitment)” and “does not revolve around a family”, party national general secretary and Union Minister Bhupender Yadav said, quoting the Prime Minister.
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“In his address, Prime Minister Modiji gave a mantra to the party workers that they should become a bridge of faith between the common man and the party, while referring to the party’s history as it has always been associated with the issues close to the common man of the country,” Mr Yadav said. The BJP is not a family-based party, it isn't run by a family but by a culture of public welfare, Mr Yadav said, quoting Mr. Modi.
Referring to the welfare work done by BJP workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Modi said the ruling party focused on serving the people. He pointed out that the public outreach and identifying issues close to the common man was the key to winning the trust of the people, and the “ sewa hi sanghathan ” (service is organisation) run as a campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic had underlined the direction that the party needed to keep to.
Major States like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Manipur, Goa, and Uttarakhand will hold Assembly elections next year, the first set of big polls after the devastating second wave of COVID-19.
Talking about the presentations on poll-bound States, Mr. Modi expressed confidence that the party will win the people’s trust as it has been moving forward by taking up issues close to the people. Chief ministers and BJP presidents of four poll-bound states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur — gave a presentation on upcoming Assembly elections, Mr. Yadav told reporters. A similar presentation was given by the BJP’s Punjab unit president, he said.
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Senior leaders who had attended the national executive meet also said Mr. Modi had emphasised not only making common cause with the people on their issues but also carrying them through not just at the time of elections but also later.
“Sometimes we are not so ardent in pursuing issues after the polls are over, Prime Minister Modi said we needed to stick to issues that were important to the people even after the polls were over,” said the senior leader.
Mr Modi also spoke about a new initiative of Kamal Pushp launched on the Namo App for paying tributes to all party workers who devoted their entire life to the party.
“Even if they have left us, we should mention the work they have done for the growth of this party when they were in the party. Because they were there to build the party and take it where we are now,” said a senior leader quoting Prime Minister Modi.