We will never compromise on our ideals: PM Narendra Modi at foundation stone laying ceremony for BJP’s new headquarters

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated wrestler Sakshi Malik for winning a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, and used the occasion to talk also about the BJP’s guts, grit and gumption in the face of all odds over the years.

“India’s daughter Sakshi Malik has earned new strength and respect for the tricolour on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan,” the PM said, while delivering an address to BJP members at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the party’s new headquarters in New Delhi, on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg.
Emphasizing the role that hard work plays in any kind of achievement, he said that his party has suffered many ups and downs since it was formed, but its dedicated workers soldiered on without dwelling on any electoral losses.
“I think few party candidates lost so many (election) deposits as we did but still that did not affect the determination of our karyakartas (workers),” the PM said, heaping accolades on the rank and file of the party, or ‘karyakartas’.
“This party is not made by a leader, a PM or a CM (chief minister). This is a party made by karyakartas and that is why we are here today. The BJP as a party has faced many adverse situations. Our workers have gone through several challenges, even been insulted, but one thing was always clear- we will be in the opposition but we will never compromise on our ideals,” Modi said.
The PM said that whenever the BJP formed governments, whether at the Centre or in states, people wondered what the BJP’s predecessor party, the Jana Sangh, is about. “The same happened when Atalji led a government in Delhi,” he said referring to BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“Our determination is to take everyone together, work for everyone. Nation building is our priority: BJP will do what it has to in electoral arena but we can showcase to the world what a truly democratic party driven by karyakartas can do,” the PM said.