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By divesh Tuesday, 05 April 2005
Bharatiya Janata Party
Meeting of the National Executive
To Mark the Party's Rajat Jayanti

Celebrate the Party's Silver Jubilee with Pride and Resolve
The National Executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party shares the joy and pride of millions of Party members and sympthisers across the country on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the BJP on April 6, 2005. It heartily greets all the participants in the special session of the National Council being held tomorrow to commemorate this historic event in the life of our Party. It also expresses its gratitude to the people of India for their growing support to our Party since its inception, enabling us to cross one proud landmark after another and giving us an opportunity to serve the nation in different ways, most notably as the leading constituent of the National Democratic Alliance that governed the country for six years from 1998 to 2004 under the visionary leadership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

On this occasion, the National Executive pays homage to all those functionaries and karyakartas who made sacrifices for the cause of the Party and the Nation and are today not in our midst. We offer our tributes to the haloed memory of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, who will always remain a source of unfading inspiration for the BJP.

The National Executive conveys its heartfelt greetings to all the senior leaders of the BJP and, earlier, of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, both at the national and state levels, for their exceptional contribution to our political and organizational journey spanning over 50 years.

The National Executive takes pride in the fact that, over the past 25 years, our Party has emerged as a distinct ideological pole in Indian politics. The BJP has succeeded in setting the Nation's ideological agenda with its spirited espousal of Cultural Nationalism, genuine secularism and the true identity of Indian nationhood. In the process, we no doubt became the target of a sustained and malicious propaganda by our ideological opponents. For a while they tried to ostracize us as "political untouchables". We frustrated their attempts, won a large number of allies, and gave India the first stable and successful coalition government since Independence. This is a demonstration of our integrative, accommodative and secular core.

The National Council considers the Rajat Jayanti as an occasion to rededicate ourselves to the lofty ideals and noble goals that we set for ourselves on April 6, 1980. It is also an occasion for the Party to resolve to further strengthen itself - ideologically, politically and organizationally - so as to be able to meet both the challenges and the opportunities in the years and decades ahead.

Towards this end, the National Executive will approve a Plan of Action to Commemorate the Rajat Jayanti Year from April to December 2005. This will be placed before the National Council for adoption tomorrow.