By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, July 14: BJP tiol president Amit Shah today urged party leaders and workers to put country before self and work relentlessly to make India the top tion in the world.
He said the process for placing India at the highest globally-respected position has been initiated by Prime Minister rendra Modi and it is the duty of BJP workers to take it forward.
Addressing a 'Maha Sampark Abhiyan' for North East Zone here, Shah said, "For the BJP, power is not the big issue. The issue here is to make Bharat Mata (India) the best country in the world. Prime Minister rendra Modi has started the process. But it is not a process that can be completed within only five years."
Maintaining that the BJP is best poised to ensure accelerated development of the country, he claimed that it is the sole party in India with true and strong interl democracy.
He said, "There are 1,600 political parties in India. But BJP is the only party where strong interl democracy has prevailed throughout. Because of its interl democracy, there has been no factiolism within the BJP since its inception, while all other major political parties in the country have broken into factions."
Recalling the sacrifices made by erstwhile stalwarts of the party like Sunder Singh Bhandari and Kushabhau Thakre, the BJP tiol president called on party leaders to consider 'what you have given to the party, not whether the party made you MLA or minister'.
The closed-door meeting was attended by more than a dozen tiol leaders of the party, including the conveners of the NE states, state unit presidents, leaders and others.
BJP tiol spokesperson lin Kohli, speaking to reporters on the sidelines, said the next phase of the party's membership drive will be launched by end of this month, in which party workers will contact those who had enrolled for BJP's primary membership through its missed call initiative. Shah asked the party units to complete fifty per cent of the exercise by July 31.
They will be given membership forms to be filled and those willing to devote time for the party will be given special training.
"We had received 11 crore new members in our membership drive. We plan to train 15 lakh dedicated workers across the country to build a strong network," Kohli said.
On the BJP's prospects in the Northeast, he pointed that the membership has gone up 10 times in Assam alone and the other NE states also had put up a good show.
"The BJP is emerging as the altertive to the corrupt ruling class and we will measure up to the expectations of the people," he added. The consultations were attended by fourteen general secretaries, twelve secretaries, the organizing secretary and three Union ministers - Dharmendra Pradhan, Sarbanda Sonowal and Dr Jitendra Singh.
Amit Shah, however, chose not to speak to the media.