BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda on a two-day Pravas visited Himachal Pradesh on 27 February, 2020. It was Shri Nadda’s first visit to the home State after he took over party’s reins from Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah last month. Shri JP Nadda visited Solan and Shimla on the first day and his home district Bilaspur on the second day of his visit.
After his arrival, the BJP National President was accorded a grand civic reception in Sloan’s Thodo Ground in the morning hours, followed by another grand welcome in state capital Shimla in the evening.
During the visit Shri Nadda also attended meetings of the core group of the BJP legislative body and State office bearers in Shimla.
On the second day of his visit, the party President got a warm welcome and civic reception in Bilaspur district’s Jhandutta. CM Shri Jai Ram Thakur, BJP State President Shri Rajeev Bindal and other senior leaders were also present on these occasions.
The BJP National President met all senior party leaders in Shimla and also met Governor Shri Bandaru Dattatreya at Raj Bhavan and later drove to the residence of former Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh to inquire about his health.
With Party workers in Shimla
BJP National President Shri JP Nadda on 27 February, 2020 addressed a massive gathering
of party workers who had converged from 17 assembly segments of Shimla Lok Sabha constituency. Addressing them Shri Nadda said he had never expected that hailing from a small hill state he could be elevated to this position.
Thanking Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Home Minister Shri Amit Shah and the BJP parliamentary board members and 22 states which supported his candidature, he said he will take the party ahead. “There were more than 2500 political parties in the nation and about seven national parties. Most of them face dynasty or party-based issues where only leaders from specific families can be elevated as presidents. This was causing frustration in their cadres who were helpless and could not raise voice against such traditions,” he said.
He said the BJP is based on ideology where a common party worker can rise to become the Prime Minister like Shri Narendra Modi. Therefore, no one can stop the party from moving ahead as there was assessments within the party based on organizational setup. The party has to move ahead from where it stood now, he added.
Seeking the workers support to surge ahead, he said despite the golden era of the BJP, workers should not forget their responsibility.
He recalled steps like abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir which has strengthened the people and said first time BDC polls were held there without any bloodshed.
Further interacting with party workers in Shimla he said politics is not a part-time job but a serious work which can change the lives of crores of people. There is only entry but no exit door as once you are labeled as a politician, it is for a lifetime. Once you have joined politics, pursue it till end and work throughout the journey for betterment of people, said BJP President Shri JP Nadda.
Going down memory lane, Shri Nadda went emotional recalling his days spent in Shimla and said it was an emotional reunion and not mere felicitation.
Recalling how he, along with other ABVP workers, used to walk on road from Summer Hill to Chaura Maidan during day and night, chanting the famous song “Hum Honge Kamyaab Ek Din”, he said there were so many memories associated with Shimla — protesting outside the Vidhan Sabha, going to police station, taking fellows to hospital, standing in courts and meeting old friends and fellows.
“I learned a lot from my associates about the organizational skills and that experience has helped me a lot and strengthened my ideological moorings,” he added.
Politics and power were only to serve the people. “We follow the principle of ‘Country first, Vote later’ while for the Opposition, it was ‘Vote first, country later’. Our ideological base was so strong that all parties together could not defeat us in our mission”, he added.
HP CM Shri Jai Ram Thakur said during the college years, Shri JP Nadda was their leader and when he used to address general house at Mandi, he and other ABVP members would inform others by writing on walls and by posters.
Rousing welcome at home turf of Jhandutta, Bilaspur
National BJP President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda was also accorded a rousing welcome as he arrived on his home turf of Bilaspur for the first time after assuming the office of party National President.
Accompanied by Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Anurag Thakur and state BJP President Shri Rajeev Bindal, Shri JP Nadda was accorded a rousing welcome at Jhandutta.
Addressing the ‘Abhinandan Samaroh’ held at Jhandutta, he thanked the people of the area for the warm welcome accorded to him and said that this would motivate him to work with greater commitment and dedication for strengthening the party.
Shri Nadda said that under the dynamic leadership of PM Shri Modi, India was poised to become a five trillion dollar economy. He said that today India has become fifth economic power and by the next few years it would become the top economy. He said that the US President during his visit to India in his 28-minute speech talked about PM Shri Narendra Modi for nearly 20 minutes.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur said BJP National President Shri JP Nadda had risen to this position due to the hard work, dedication and commitment. “Himachal today has six medical colleges in government sector and out of these four medical colleges were possible due to Shri Nadda, besides AIIMS, which was coming up in Bilaspur,” he said.
Shri Anurag Thakur said that it was a matter of pride and honour for 72 lakh people of the state that Shri JP Nadda was leading the political party that was ruling the biggest democracy of the world.