PM Modi: BJP does not believe in political untouchability, it values consensus
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not believe in political untouchability. He said that his government has honoured even its critics for their role in nation building. He also highlighted the need for consensus in the polity.
On the death anniversary of the party’s ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the BJP lawmakers. PM Modi said in his address, “Politics for us is the means to achieve a national policy. As I said earlier, the government may run with a majority, but nations are run with consensus.”
“The idea of political untouchability is not in our culture. The country has rejected this idea. In our party, importance is given to the worker even as we reject dynasty,” PM said.
Modi underlined the fact that BJP had honoured its critics like late former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and Nagaland’s S C Jamir, for their contribution to nation building.
Mukherjee was given the Bharat Ratna whereas Gogoi and Jamir were awarded Padma Bhushan. Modi said, “They were neither part of the BJP nor even allies of the party. But it was our duty to honour their contributions.”
Modi said differences with political opponents should not come in the way of extending courtesy and respect. Modi gave examples of freedom fighter, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the country’s first home minister, Vallabhbhai Patel, Baba Saheb, who were also rewarded for their work.
Talking about self reliance, Modi said, “The entire country is awakened to the idea of Aatma Nirbhaya Bharat [self-reliant India]. We are on the verge of reaching 75 years of independence. I call upon every one of you to carry out 75 tasks that serve society as a tribute to our 75 years of Independence.”
According to the PM, in the field of infrastructure, transformational changes were taking place in order to make the lives of citizens easier. He also talked about the growing volume of digital transactions. He further added by saying that India is witnessing changes in every sphere including defence with the focus on made in India weapons and fighters like Tejas.
“In 1965 during the India-Pakistan war, India had to depend on other countries for weapons… Deendayalji said at that time that we have to build an India that is self-reliant not just in agriculture but also in defence and weaponry. We took the decisions that were deemed difficult in the country and we took them with everyone,”
Few days back, Modi made an emotional speech in the Rajya Sabha while bidding farewell to four retiring opposition lawmakers.