The Bharatiya Janata Party celebrates its 42nd founding day on April 6. Jana Sangh’s journey to BJP has been remarkable, where the party and its leaders have toed the line that defines nationalism, national integration, democratic values, non-partisanship, etc. True to its ideology and principles, the BJP has gone from strength to strength.
We are inspired by the philosophy and ideologies of Deendayal Upadhyay of “integral humanism” and “Antyodaya” (the welfare of the poorest). Our philosophy is also based on the idea of “cultural nationalism” propagated by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our government and our party are committed to “sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas, sabka prieas”.
All BJP governments work under the commitment to ensure the progress and welfare of all sections of society, without discrimination or favouritism. The guiding principle of the party is the upliftment and empowerment of the poor.
BJP Founding Day: A Brief History of the Party’s Achievements and Failures
The party which is currently the largest political party in India, both in terms of representation in parliament and in terms of party membership, has come a long way since its origins in the early 1980s. Overcoming several obstacles and setbacks, the BJP has now firmly entrenched itself in the Indian political scenario and has significantly upset the ideological framework that has long guided India’s domestic and international policies.
While the BJP was formed on April 6, 1980, its ideological origins date back to 1951 when Congress politician Shyama Prasad Mukherjee split from the Nehru leadership to form the Bhartiya Jana Sangh (BJS). The party was formed in conjunction with the Hindu nationalist organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in opposition to the political practices of the Congress party. The BJP’s mandate was the preservation of Hindu identity and culture. Founded at a time when the Indian National Congress was virtually the face of Indian politics, the BJS could barely succeed in its early years since. In the general elections of 1952, the BJS was only able to win 3 seats in the Lok Sabha.