BJP National President Shri Amit Shah attended BJP’s 38th foundation Day Convention at MMRDA Ground, Bandra East , Mumbai on 06 April, 2018 and said that the ‘countdown has begun for the 2019 elections and the BJP cadres were prepared to enter the battlefield’.
Apart from the BJP National President Shri Amit Shah, Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Ministers Shri Prakash Jawdekar, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Hansraj Ahir, Shri Suresh Prabhu and Shri Subhash Bhamre and Maharashtra BJP State President Shri Raosaheb Danve were present at the rally.
Addressing a massive gathering of about 400,000 party workers at the convention, Shri Shah said the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will win a massive majority in 2019. He further added, “The next elections are not going to be fought on slogans and hollow promises. The next elections are going to be fought on the performance of the Narendra Modi government.
He said PM Shri Modi ensured that the Parliament functions smoothly but the opposition did not let that happen. Finally, Parliament was adjourned sine die without any remarkable achievement, the BJP National President said.
Taking a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he said that BJP has only lost 2 seats but Congress has lost elections in 11 states.
He said people of the country have complete faith in PM Narendra Modi’s leadership and BJP will form the government in 2019 with a thumping majority, he said.
Shri Amit Shah said under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership Lotus is blooming everywhere in the country and will bloom in 2019. BJP started with 10 members and today it has 11 crore members.
Shri Shah said, “A mongoose, a cat, a dog, they are coming together because they see water rising below them. So they are all in one boat.” Fearing the ‘Modi flood’, “a snake, a mongoose, a dog and a cat have come together to fight elections.” At a press conference in the evening, the BJP President said, “I was only talking in the context of ideologies.”
He continued, “I want to tell the Congress, BSP and all other opposition parties. Those assembled together do not match in ideologies but they have come together only because they are afraid of PM Modi.”
He said the BJP was not worried. “This is not the Golden Age of the BJP, the golden era of BJP will come when in West Bengal and Odisha BJP governments will be formed,” he said amid loud cheering.
The BJP President further said, “I sincerely wish that the Shiv Sena stays with the BJP”. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai after the BJP’s 38th foundation day convention the party President also ruled out simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra assembly.
When asked about criticism by some allies including the Shiv Sena and former ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that the BJP did not treat its allies well, Shri Shah said the Shiv Sena was still a part of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra. “Only TDP has left. In fact, we have gained more allies than we have lost,” he added. He also said that it was the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, and not the BJP alone, that would win a majority at the centre and in Maharashtra in 2019 under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. During this programme the BJP National President also unveiled the special issue of Maharashtra BJP Magazine Manogat.
Addressing the gathering Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis took a dig at Congress and NCP’s alliance, and said BJP cannot be defamed by any allegations. Shri Fadnavis also promised that reservation for SC/ST will not go away, as the party is fighting for it. BJP Mumbai President Shri Ashish Shelar said today’s rally has seen the biggest gathering of supporters, even bigger than protests at Azad Maidan and rallies at Shivaji Park.
Maharashtra State Finance Minister Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar addressed the gathering, referring to the Congress and the NCP as the ‘Kaurav Sena’, coming together from Baramati.
The rally started with Maharashtra Revenue Minister Shri Chandrakant Patil’s address. He said this is the first time we are celebrating BJP’s Foundation Day at this scale.
Karyakartas full of enthusiasm
Lakhs of BJP workers from across Maharashtra have arrived to celebrate the party’s foundation day in Mumbai on 6 April, 2018. Many said they are impressed with the arrangements made, such as water, newspapers and proper seating, all in place since 5 am. A resident of Ballarpur, Sudhakar Pardhi says: “Around 3,000 people from my city are here in the meeting. Though it is very hot and we have been here for hours now, we don’t feel exhausted because we are excited to be here we are excited to be a part of this historic movement of the party.” Salla Nanded, 65, who has been a BJP worker for the last 40 years, has come to Mumbai from Ballarpur in a train. “I am not at all tired. I am very happy to be here,” she said.
Raghunath Hedau from Vidarbha’s Yavatmal district travelled almost 700km to attend the BJP foundation day celebrations. “I was also there at the 2014 rally, before the elections. The arrangements are better this time,” he said.
One Karyakarta said about 2,000 buses have come from across Maharashtra with full of Karyakartas; Karyakartas have contributed and managed these trips and we are excited to participate party’s 38th foundation day celebration.
Highlights of the rally
Lakhs of BJP Karyakartas from across Maharashtra arrived to celebrate the party’s foundation day in Mumbai on 6 April.
Shri Shah told BJP workers that on April 14, BR Ambedkar’s birthday, BJP’s message and symbol will be taken to 20,000 villages.
Shri Shah called out Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his failed attempts to point fingers at Shri Modi. “Rahul baba, the world’s view toward India has changed because of PM Modi,” he said.
This is not the golden period of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP’s golden period will come when it will form govt in West Bengal, Odisha and at the Centre after 2019 general elections. The countdown for 2019 has begun and all the opposition parties are ganging up against BJP govt
Ahead of the event, BJP workers took out a bike rally in the city. Bikers participated in the rally from the airport to BKC where Shri Amit Shah stayed for a day. A total of 50,000 vehicles of BJP supporters, including cars, trucks and private buses, participated in the rally.