Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Sunday credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi with laying the foundation of an ‘unbeatable’ BJP in Gujarat while fighting a smear campaign. ‘It is easy to make governments. It is hard to make a good karyakarta,’ Shah said, lauding Modi’s role in building the organisation at the grassroots level.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of a strong and “ajeya” (unbeatable) BJP in Gujarat, he said after releasing the Hindi translation of a book on Modi ‘Hamare Narendrabhai’ authored by Dinesh Desai.
Amit Shah said that, under Modi the country was seeing the end of politics of caste, dynasty and appeasement and moving forward on the path of politics of performance.
Modi took over as Gujarat chief minister in October 2001 but was involved for long in building the party in the state.
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.
Narendra Modi is an Indian politician who is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India, in office since May 2014. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014, and is the Member of Parliament for Varanasi. Modi, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is a Hindu nationalist and member of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Born to a Gujarati family in Vadnagar, Modi helped his father sell tea as a child, and later ran his own stall. He was introduced to the RSS at the age of eight, beginning a long association with the organisation. Modi travelled around India for two years, and visited a number of religious centres.
In 1971 he became a full-time worker for the RSS. During the State of emergency imposed across the country in 1975, Modi was forced to go into hiding. The RSS assigned him to the BJP in 1985, and he held several positions within the party hierarchy until 2001, rising to the rank of general secretary.
Narendra Modi was appointed Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001. Modi was elected to the legislative assembly soon after. His policies as chief minister, credited with encouraging economic growth, have received praise.
Modi led the BJP in the 2014 general election, which gave the party a majority in the Lok Sabha, the first time a single party had achieved this since 1984. Modi himself was elected to parliament from Varanasi. Since taking office, Modi’s administration has tried to raise foreign direct investment in the Indian economy and increased spending on infrastructure.
Modi has attempted to improve efficiency in the bureaucracy, and centralized power through the abolition of the planning commission. He has begun a high-profile sanitation campaign. Credited with engineering a political realignment towards right wing politics, Modi remains a figure of controversy domestically and internationally over his Hindu nationalist beliefs and his role during the 2002 Gujarat riots, cited as evidence of an exclusionary social agenda.
Amit Shah said, the role of party as an important part of democracy was established for the first time in the 1995 Gujarat Assembly polls when there was change of power (from Congress to BJP) without any significant development like Emergency or the Ram Mandir issue. “This is the first instance of victory due to building a strong party organisation.”
‘As Chief Minister, Narendra Modi had promised to bring electricity to all villages in Gujarat in 24 months, but he did that in 18. The then opposition leader and former Chief Minister Amarsinh Chaudhary told Modi that being an engineer he thought the target was unachievable, but Modi kept his word,’ Shah said.
Our government has provided a life of dignity to young girls by building four lakh toilets in three years, Shah added.
Union minister Piyush Goyal cited a popular greeting card with the words ‘The world’s greatest boss’ while speaking about his experience working with Modi. Describing the pair of Modi and Shah as incredible, Goyal said, “We have never seen such an excellent coordination between the government and the party before this.”