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New Delhi [India], March 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, after inaugurating the newly constructed BJP Central Office (extension), said that the party's journey from two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 to 303 seats in 2019, has been an inspirational journey of expansion of thought and ideology.

On the occasion, PM Modi also inaugurated the presidential campus and auditorium here in the national capital.

Addressing the inaugural event, PM Modi said, "When I inaugurated the party office in 2018, I had said that our workers are the soul of our office. Today, when we are expanding our office, it is not just the expansion of one building but it is also an expansion of the aspirations of every worker, and their commitment towards the BJP. I bow to crores of workers and founder members of the party".

Ahead of the 44th foundation day of the party, the Prime Minister called the party's journey 'tireless and continuous'.

"In the coming days, our party will celebrate its 44th inauguration day. It has been a tireless and continuous journey. It is a culmination of hard work, the pinnacle of dedication and resolutions, expansion of thought and ideology, and is very inspirational," PM Modi said.

"Bharatiya Jana Sangh had started with a small office near Ajmeri Gate in Delhi. At that time, we were a very small party with big dreams for the country. In 1980, after BJP was formed, for some time, 10 Rajendra Prasad Marg became our office, where Nanaji Deshmukh stayed earlier. Some workers would also remember our office at 11 Ashoka Road. Our office also shifted at Deendayaal Upadhyay Marg," PM Modi said while recalling the party's journey and rise through ups and downs.

The Prime Minister said that even during the Emergency period, BJP was ready to sacrifice itself to save Democracy.

"What happened in 1984, the country can never forget that. Elections after the 1984 riots saw a huge majority for the Congress party. It was an emotionally charged atmosphere, and we were also almost wiped out in that storm. But, we didn't lose hope. Instead of blaming someone else, we focussed on strengthening our organisation. The journey that started from two Lok Sabha seats back then reached 303 in 2019," PM Modi further said.

He further said that BJP is the only pan-India political party across the length and breadth of the country.

"Among the family-run political parties, BJP is a political party which gives opportunities to the youth. Today in many states we have more than 50 per cent of the votes. Today from North to South, from East to West, BJP is the only Pan-India party. In North East, we have a coalition government in two states and one with the majority. In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, our party is getting stronger at the district and booth levels," he said.

The Prime Minister said that today BJP is being discussed and compared with other big political parties across the world.

"Today, BJP is not just the world's largest party, but also India's most futuristic party. Our sole target is making the developed and advanced India for the future. The slogan of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas' is being translated and used by other parties of the world," PM Modi further said.

"BJP is not about contesting and winning elections. It is an idea, and that is unity. And it is synonymous with development," he added.

During the event, PM Modi, and other leaders also performed prayers and paid respects to the founders of the party.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, party president JP Nadda, senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi and several more senior party leaders were present on the occasion. (ANI)

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