The National Executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party warmly congratulates Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on so effectively giving voice to India's views at the recent Millennium Summit of the United Nations, followed by his path breaking state visit to the United States of America.
The UN Summit was the largest ever gathering of heads of State, convened to mark the beginning of a new century and a new millennium. Our Prime Minister presented India's case with eloquent persuasion, dwelling on both India's national concerns as also and the universal aspirations of mankind. Even as he spoke for India, he gave voice to the views of have nots.
Rightly, Shri Atalji espoused Democracy and Development as twin global imperatives for building a world free of poverty, want, and tyranny. Similarly, he conveyed the right cautionary message to the international community by urging it to recognize that terrorism, fanned often by religious extremism, is a threat to a civilised world order. His call for the convening of an International Conference on Terrorism, under the aegis of the UN, is timely.
Atalji's state visit to Washington was a defining event in Indo-US relations. It marked a remarkable turn around in relations between the world's two great democracies. Within a period of 30 months coming in the wake of momentous visit to India by the US President earlier in March this year, it signalled a definitive transition from nearly five decades of distance between our two countries to constructive engagement for mutual benefit and for the benefit of the entire world. That, Atalji undertook this strenuous tour despite being in physical pain is yet another demonstration of his high sense of public duty and commitment to national good.
The NDA Government's firm handling of the country's nuclear and security policies has convinced the world that India is a mature, responsible, and restrained country, ready to cooperate fully in furtherance of the cause of peace and cooperation.
The Bharatiya Janata Party places on record its deep appreciation of the outstanding role played by the Prime Minister and our senior most party worker Shri A.B. Vajpayee in so effectively and ably steering the country's security and foreign policy through these testing times.
The National Executive of the BJP also congratulates Indian-American community for the sterling role played by them in developing Indo-US relations. They have done themselves and India proud with their shining achievements in various fields, most notably in the Information Technology. With these achievements, they have not only contributed to the prosperity of the United States, but have raised the image of India in the eyes of America and the rest of the world community.
The National Executive congratulates all the Indian-American organisations, and especially the activists of the "Overseas Friends of the BJP", for their contribution to the success of Shri Atalji's visit to the United States.
The National Executive of the BJP takes this opportunity to warmly welcome the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who arrives in India tomorrow. Russia is India's time tested friend. President Putin's visit will further strengthen the traditional friendship between India and Russia.
The National Executive takes this opportunity to also congratulate the NDA Government on a highly successful completion of one year of office. The last one year has been a glorious example of a scam-free, tension-free governance. The Government has redeemed a large number of its electoral promises. Three new States have been carved out. Two Constitution amendments dealing with the reservation policy have been approved to redeem the hopes of the weaker sections. A large number of steps have been taken to put India on a path of rapid development. The Government is following an agenda of creating a resurgent and developed India. The Party wholeheartedly supports these initiatives of the NDA Government.