Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the BJP is dedicated to “Rashtra Bhakti (patriotism)” but its rivals only knew “Parivar Bhakti (nepotism)”. Addressing party workers, he also referred to global pressure on India to take a stronger stand against Russia’s Ukraine invasion and said in a polarised world, India had stood firm on its policy and had prioritised national interest.
The BJP’s foundation day was important for three reasons including the “fast-changing world and global order”, the Prime Minister said in a virtual address to the party on its big day.
“Today, the world is watching an India that remains firm on its interests without any fear or pressure. When the world is polarised between two rival forces, India is seen to be a nation that can talk about humanity with determination. Our government keeps national interest above all else,” PM Modi said.
Among the reasons this Foundation Day was even more significant for the BJP was its recent election victories, the PM told party colleagues.
“A few weeks ago, the BJP’s ‘double-engine Sarkar (government)’ returned in four states. And after three decades any party has reached the 100-mark in Rajya Sabha,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi once again hit out at “dynastic families”, without naming the Congress or the Samajwadi Party, his chief targets in recent election rallies and public speeches.