Here are the top ten developments around BJP's 38th foundation day celebrations and Mumbai rally:
1) Amit Shah 'clarifies' comments comparing the Opposition with animals:
Barely an hour after comparing opposition parties with animals at the Mumbai public rally created a furore, Shah virtually backtracked on his comments. During his rally speech, Shah said when there are huge floods all animals like "snakes, mongooses, dogs and cats" climb together on a single tree trunk for refuge, as there are deep waters below. "A campaign is underway to unite all Opposition parties... Whenever there are huge floods, all snakes, mongooses, dogs, cats, leopards, and lions, climb up a huge tree as they are scared of the rising waters."
"The political flood unleashed by (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has made all these snakes, mongooses, dogs, and cats join together and unitedly contest the 2019 elections against him," he had said.
However, barely an hour later, Shah clarified that what he implied was that parties with different ideologies were joining together to fight the upcoming elections against the BJP and Modi. "What I intended was that the parties with opposing political ideologies, which could never come together, have united... They include BSP-SP (the Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party), TDP-Congress, Congress-Trinamool Congress, etc.," Shah said at a media briefing later.
He claimed that "political parties with differing ideologies have united because of the fear of Modi", noting animals like snake and mongoose never come together. "However, if somebody has felt offended then I am naming them all now, there is nothing to feel bad about it. Kindly don't twist my comments out of context," Shah, apparently on the backfoot, appealed to the media.
2) Amit Shah tells BJP workers to take pledge for Modi's 2019 win:
Launching BJP's election campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, party president Amit Shah on Friday urged party workers to take a pledge to ensure it retained power with full majority to help achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of 'New India'. Addressing a rally in Mumbai to mark the BJP's 38th Foundation Day, Amit Shah said the countdown to the Lok Sabha elections had begun and called upon all activists to fan out to each village to highlight the Modi government's achievements. "We don't want to fight the next elections on slogans or empty poll promises but on the basis of the government's achievements," he said.
3) Ravi Shankar Prasad says BJP a party of all Indians:
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said on the party's foundation day on Friday that the BJP was a big platform of "national
unity" and a party of all Indians and for the whole of India. Prasad said that broadly three categories of people opposed the party – the Leftist, the Congress, and "chronic socialists other than Ram Manohar Lohia", and it was clear where all these people stood today.
4) Amit Shah addresses BJP rally at BKC venue in Mumbai:
BJP wants Shiv Sena to stick with it: Amit Shah said that it was the BJP's earnest desire that the Shiv Sena continued its alliance with it, reported news agency ANI.
Hamari haardik icchha hai ke sath mein rahe: BJP President Amit Shah on Shiv Sena. pic.twitter.com/YmDtvG1DZR
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2018
Shah says BJP won't scrap quota policy: Amit Shah today asserted that the Modi government will neither scrap the reservation policy nor allow anyone else to do so, amid a raging controversy related to the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act following a Supreme Court ruling. "Rahul Gandhi and others are saying that we are demolishing reservation for SCs and STs. We are in no way demolishing the reservation (policy)," Shah said in his address on the occasion of the BJP's 38th Foundation Day. He went on to add, "Rahul and (NCP chief Sharad) Pawar, listen. BJP will never end the reservation policy. And even if you want to end the reservation, BJP will never allow it."
Taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah said: “Rahul Gandhi seeks a report of our work in four years (the Narendra Modi govt so far). I want to tell Rahul Gandhi that the people of this country seek the report of their work in four generations.”
To counter the Modi wave in the country, snakes, cats, and mongooses have all come together to fight a united battle against us in elections, the BJP president said.
Further, Amit Shah said that this was not the BJP's "golden period". Instead, according to the BJP chief, the "party's golden period would begin "when it forms the government in West Bengal and Odisha and wins the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Countdown for 2019 has begun, says Amit Shah: "Narendra Modi is the world's most popular prime minister. BJP workers should spread the word about Modi government's works, and set the stage for 2019 Lok Sabha election." BJP chief Amit Shah told party cadres in Mumbai.
Taking a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shah said, "When we lost two Lok Sabha seats recently and Rahul Gandhi distributed sweets. He is the first leader I've seen who would do this." "Today, 20 states are ruled by BJP. This is a thing of joy for the party."
5) Nitin Gadkari says BJP cadre ready to sacrifice for India:
Budget Session washed out because of Opposition, says Amit Shah: BJP president Amit Shah said, "We were ready to address all issues in the Parliament. It was the Opposition that disrupted the proceedings. Ghulam Nabi Azad, you fix the stage and we'll be up for debate. We have nothing to hide."
"On the foundation day of BJP, I want to congratulate millions of party workers and well-wishers of the party. Our party started with 10 members. Now we are the largest political party in India. BJP has sacrificed the highest number of workers in the history of India's democracy, I pay homage to all the workers. Our party started with 10 members and today we have more than 11 crore members. Bharatiya Janata Party has succeeded in creating an organizational, patriotic and good governing party in its journey of years."
Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari said, "If there is a party which has cadres willing to sacrifice themselves for the country's progress, then it is BJP. You know, the term 'secular' is often used in India's politics.
The day the poor gets roti, kapda, makaan
(food, clothing and shelter),,. that is when we will know we have achieved something."
He also spoke on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for 'new India'. "For New India, we need research, and technology. We want to use technology to bring good governance and development," he said.
6) Trains delayed, traffic hit as BJP workers pour in for rally:
Several trains arrived late here after BJP workers, being ferried in special services for the party's 38th Foundation Day rally at BKC, insisted on unscheduled halts enroute, Western Railway officials on condition of anonymity said today.
The BJP, in order to bring in as many workers as possible for its rally, had chartered 28 trains, with 11 of them terminating on WR and 17 on CR, said officials.
However, BJP workers alleged that their special trains were late by two to five hours as the Railways did not run them on priority.
Rail activist Subhash Gupta, who was tasked with the railway arrangement by the BJP, confirmed that trains came in late but refused to blame the Railways.
"It is true that all the trains arrived late on Central and Western Railways. But we should not blame the Railways as special trains are run for a specific purpose and they are operated in a certain manner so that the schedules of regular trains are not hit or compromised," Gupta said.
On the BJP's 38th Foundation Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today credited party workers for taking the organisation to new heights. The BJP is the party of "a New India" and his party "believes in India's diversity, its unique culture and the strengths of 125 crore Indians", he said.