The last twenty years have indeed been a very happy journey. The turning point in this journey was 1996. The BJP in 1996 displaced the Congress as the principal party in India. We occupied the Centre stage and the Congress was pushed to political negativism. Support to Shri H.D. Deve Gowda, Shri I.K. Gujral and now even to RJD in Bihar is a result of this negativism, tLal Krishna Advanihe only object of which is to keep the BJP out. Even during the Pokharan Tests and the Kargil conflict, issues which related to National Security, the Congress adopted this approach. Even in relation to strengthening the Constitution through a review process, the Congress has adopted a politically negative attitude. The Congress President's shrill noises on Constitutional review are devoid of substance. It is an empty slogan. "Did the Congress party show disrespect to Dr. Ambedkar by amending the Constitution over seventy times?"
In this twenty years journey, we have been guided by our ideology. We have aligned with many parties on the strength of our idealism. All the NDA partners subscribe to the ideals of good governance. Each one of us has kept aside some of our specific issues to subscribe to the common ideals of good governance.
We have reached this milestone on the strength of our ideals, ideology and commitment of our cadres. We have been fortunate to have had the leadership of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Pandit Deen Dayal Updhyaya when we were young. As we have grown, we have in Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a leader with a vision who has the widest national acceptability who is going to lead India into on of the most powerful and developed nations of the world.