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‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last’: Advani writes, Modi lauds

PTI
Published Apr 4, 2019, 7:25 pm IST
Updated Apr 4, 2019, 9:17 pm IST
In a blog written by him in almost five years Advani said, 'the essence of democracy is in respect for diversity'.
Many BJP leaders have also often used terms like
 Many BJP leaders have also often used terms like "anti-national" to target opposition leaders. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Responding to BJP leader L K Advani's blog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the veteran leader perfectly summed up the true essence of the party. 

L K Advani said Thursday that his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "anti-national" or "enemies" but only as adversaries.

His views assume significance at a time when the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah have made the issue of national security a key plank for the general elections and have often accused its political rivals of speaking the language of India's enemies like Pakistan. Many BJP leaders have also often used terms like "anti-national" to target opposition leaders. "The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression.Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our 'enemies', but only as our adversaries," the 91-year-old leader wrote in a blog ahead of the BJP's foundation day on April 6.

In a blog written almost five years after he wrote the last piece on its web page, Advani added,"similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as 'anti-national'. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political level." He is one of the BJP founders and its longest-serving president.

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