New Delhi: In an address to party workers Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP understands the meaning of organisation as seva (service) to people, even if the opposition looks at it as a machine to win elections.
Addressing the workers via video conference, Modi praised the welfare measures undertaken by the different state units of the party during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
“Several political commentators see elections only from a political perspective. This might be true for other political parties but for the BJP, the party is not just a machine to win elections. BJP stands for seva (service), for people, for the country, to bring about change for the benefit of the society,” Modi said.
The BJP has always believed in the power to be a medium for service in politics, he said. “We never made power a medium for our gain.”
During the conference, seven state units of the BJP — Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam — made presentations on the work undertaken by their units during the lockdown.
While the PM lauded their efforts, he had a word of advice too: “People will make demands and requests. We have to understand that they trust us during a crisis and need to work for them.”
‘BJP workers didn’t worry about risk’
While reviewing the relief work done by the party’s Bihar unit, PM Modi said, “Workers of Bihar BJP and the people deserve congratulations. Many people said that Covid-19 will spread faster in eastern parts of the country due to high temperatures. People used to say there is poverty in Bihar, the virus will spread more here. But all of you have proved it wrong.”
The PM reiterated that PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, meant for distributing free foodgrains to the poor, has been extended until Diwali and Chhath (November-end).
He also praised the state units of Maharashtra and Bihar in their local languages, Marathi and Bhojpuri, respectively.
Lauding the efforts of the Rajasthan unit, Modi said, “This shows as to how a party can play a ‘constructive role’ whether it is in power or in opposition during a crisis.” The state is under Congress rule.
Emphasising how the party represents all sections of the society, Modi said, “The world must notice that BJP has 52 Dalit and 43 Adivasi MPs. More than 113 BJP MPs are from the backward class. More than 150 Adivasi MLAs belong to BJP. It shows that our party truly represents all sections of society.”
The PM also praised the efforts of BJP workers who worked tirelessly during the crisis without worrying about the consequences.
“In several states, our karyakartas knew that they were taking risks, but continued with full dedication during this pandemic. Some workers even lost their lives while serving the people and the nation. I want to pay my respects to these people and their families,” said Modi.
“So many BJP workers have treated the poor as their family members during this lockdown and helped them in the fight against Covid-19. Not many know about these workers… they weren’t shown on TV as they have been helping people in remote areas,” he added.
During the conference, BJP president J.P. Nadda praised PM Modi for his “exemplary leadership” during the Covid crisis, saying he has been commended across the globe for his timely actions in tackling the pandemic.
Nadda also provided details of the welfare work undertaken by the party. He said over 8 lakh BJP workers distributed over 22 crore food packets, 5 crore ‘Modi ration kits’ and more than 5 crore face covers.
“They ensured that medicines are delivered to such people regularly, to ensure they stay healthy,” he added.
Top BJP leaders, including Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Giriraj Singh also joined the online meeting from the BJP headquarters in Delhi while Modi connected via video link from his residence.
Modi asked the state units to prepare a digital booklet of all the work undertaken by them and translate it in three languages — mother tongue, English and Hindi — which would be launched on the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (25 September).