The Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah said, ‘a party which considered dynasty as the quality benchmark for selecting its leader, could never take the country forward’, addressing a convention of the party in New Delhi.
The meeting was held at NDMC Convention Centre, as part of his two day programme Pravas. Addressing the crowd, Shah said, ‘I am here as a part of my National Pravas Programme and am happy to address the people who are a part of decision makers in the society.’
The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India. As of 2016, it is the country’s largest political party in terms of representation in the national parliament and state assemblies, and it is the world’s largest party in terms of primary membership.
The BJP is a right wing party, with close ideological and organisational links to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Amit Shah is an Indian politician from Gujarat and the current President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who was appointed as the party’s national president in July 2014. Shah was involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood, participating in the neighbourhood branches as a boy. He formally became an RSS swayamsevak volunteer during his college days in Ahmedabad.
At the start of session, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari welcomed the gathering and said that as the Delhi President, he feels honoured to welcome the distinguished citizens. Tiwari also spoke highly of the organizational skills of the BJP national president Amit Shah.
Addressing the audience at the NDMC Convention Centre, Shah talked about responsibility of political parties in a democracy for the People. ‘Our constitution envisioned a multi-party democracy and parliamentary system. In a democratic country it’s important that political parties to allow internal democracy then only the democracy will strengthen,’ he said.
Addressing a convention of party workers in Delhi, Shah said among all the political parties in the country, only the BJP and the Communist party had internal democracy.
To drive home his point, Mr. Shah threw a poser to the audience, seeking to know who would occupy the post of the BJP president after him. With no response from the audience, he continued, ‘Now tell me who will be the next Congress president after Soniaji?’ As audience members raised their hand to answer and laughed, Shah said his own rise within the BJP was a good example of a party with internal democracy.
“If dynasty, instead of merit is the benchmark in a party, then it can never take the country forward, Congress formed before the country’s independence, never had any consistent ideology and whoever wanted freedom joined it. That is why Gandhiji wanted Congress to be disbanded after independence,” Shah added.
Emphasizing the achievements of the BJP led NDA government at the Centre, including the decision to demonetise high value currency last year, Amit Shah said, “We take decisions that are good for the people. Our aim is not to increase votes, but to develop the country”.
Amit shah addresing the party’s prominent citizens of Delhi programme at the NDMC Convention Centre, called for a comperative study on the work of governments of different political parties.
After Indian independence, people have seen governments of four different kind of political parties, including the Congress, communists, regional parties and the BJP in the country and in different states.
‘The kind of work they have done for the people can easily be compared. The Congress and the regional parties got long governance spells and made states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Bimaru,’ Amit Shah said.
‘Bihar which was in a good shape when the BJP and JD(U) was there. Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively, where progress can be seen, Uttar Pradesh where the BJP has formed a government and in five years, the image of the state will be changed.’ Shah added.
The BJP led central government has introduced 106 schemes. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi leadership, BJP aims to create such India where power, water and gas connection are there in every household and roads in villages, Amit Shah said.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, Union Ministers Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel, BJP’s national organisational secretary Ramlal, Delhi in charge Shyam Jaju, national general secretary Dr. Anil Jain and Leader of the Opposition Vijender Gupta were present on the occasion.
‘I am proud that the BJP government has ended feudal politics, castiest politics and appeasement politics, apart from giving India a new economic growth vision,’ Mr. Shah added.
On the concluding day of the two day pravas programme in the national capital, BJP president Amit Shah said that party workers should not work as election machines for the country but rather work for the national mission of cultural nationalism and Antyodaya.