NEW DELHI: The 42nd birth anniversary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will go down in the party history as a special one. For the very first time, the doors of the party headquarters were thrown open to the envoys of different countries and party philosophy shared for a better understanding of rich legacy and vision of the ruling political party of India.
JP Nadda, National President of the BJP interacted with the envoys of 13 countries at the BJP headquarter for over three hours on Wednesday. Nadda familiarised the diplomats with the party’s rich legacy, ideology, principles, vision and future plan of expansions. The idea being to establish party-to-party relations abroad and strengthening the relations with the political parties across the world.
Of the 13 diplomats assembled, 10 from were from Europe and 3 from Asia. French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain, Ugo Astuto from the European Union, Portuguese envoy Carlos Pereira Marques, Swiss Ambassador Ralf Heckner, Poland’s Adam Burakowski, Daniela Sezonov Tane from Romania, High Commissioner Muhammad Imran of Bangladesh, Simon Wong Wie Kuen of Singapore, Robert Maxiam from Slovakia, Italian envoy Vincenzo De Luca, Hungarian diplomat Andras Laszlo Kiraly, Vietnamese envoy Pham Sanh Chau and Norwegian Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund attended the celebration and “Know BJP” initiative on Wednesday.
The delegate envoys watched a documentary on BJP’s evolving journey from Jana Sangha since 1951 and took a tour of the BJP party office.
Nadda engaged the envoys in a small group and answered the questions raised by the envoys.
“Since then (1951) the Bharatiya Janata Party has not deviated from its ideology and principles. The party is committed to cultural nationalism, integral humanism and ‘Antodaya’, based on which the BJP is constructing and developing a ‘New India’. All our programmes and policies are focused in this direction,” Nadda told the envoys, while discussing the party’s electoral struggles as well as successes. Baijayant Jay Panda, the National Vice-President of BJP made the dignitaries aware about the growth and ideology of the party.
“BJP discussed the politics of the party and how it is growing across India, besides the challenges, implications of assembly elections, organisations and procedure of selecting candidates with the foreign dignitaries,” Dr Vijay Chauthaiwala, who steers the foreign policy of the party, told the reporters.
BJP, that claims to be the largest political party of the world, expressed a strong desire to hold party-to-party dialogue in foreign states.
“We will start such dialogues with the neighbourhood soon. We have very good dialogue going with some parties in Nepal. Similarly, we have met Awami League leaders in Bangladesh,” Dr Vijay Chauthaiwala, told The New Indian in an exclusive interview. “The Know BJP initiative” has opened a new chapter, he added.
The envoys reportedly appreciated the Indian policies aimed at benefiting the economically backward communities, initiatives of the Narendra Modi led Government as well as their effective implementation, BJP stated in a press statement after the meeting.
The envoys also showed their interest in the implemented policies in the villages and grassroots levels such as the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, Chauthaiwala said reporters.
The envoys were curious about BJP’s electoral success in the recently held assembly elections, he shared. The session also drew questions on the strategy of BJP for the states like Tamil Nadu, where the party is weak and has poor presence as compared to the regional parties.
BJP recently held an online dialogue with Vietnam Communist party and exchanged views. The party will initiate exchange programmes between Youth leaders and Women leaders with other countries, Chauthaiwala told The New Indian after the meeting with the envoys.