Modi govt has retained popularity: Shah

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Modi Government remains aspopular as it was on the day it took oath, BJP President AmitShah today, stressing that the party needs to work to retainthis support, as top leaders came together to mark the startof work on its new swanky headquarters here. The new office spread across two acres at Deen DayalUpadhyaya Marg will bear the stamp of the party’s cultural andnationalist agenda in its design, party leaders said, addingit will be equipped with latest communication medium andconference facilities, allowing its leadership to connect withdistrict and block-level workers. It is vastu-compliant, can hold a meeting of two to threethousand workers, will have several conference rooms and a bigscreen outside to live stream any big party event. Theproposed structure of six floors will be illuminated withample sun light, according to a presentation made at theevent, also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over two-and-half-hours of yagna was held with Shah atthe centre of rituals for ‘bhoomi pujan’ and top party leadersand Union ministers joining him. The party is hoping that the new premises will be readyby December, 2018 and plans to hold its inauguration on thebirthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Shah was joined by all the former party presidents at thedais as he hailed the sacrifices of party workers during itsjourney from a 10-member organisation to 11-crore membership. Today, BJP has over 1000 MLAs, more than 300 MPs and isin power in 15 states either on its own or with its allies, hesaid. Noting that the Modi government formed in 2014 was thefirst majority dispensation at the Centre in the last 30years, he said, "It remains as popular as it was when it tookoath. It is our responsibility to lend permanence to thesupport the party has received." The party is probably at its peak right now, he said,exhorting workers not to remain satisfied and ensure that itgrows beyond its current strength. The party wants to open an office each in 580 districtsof the country and has bought land in 250 places so far, hesaid. While its commitment to its ideology has fuelled itsgrowth, the way it is run will have to change with time, hesaid as he spoke about his thrust on the use of officesequipped with modern communication facilities to coordinate inreal time its programmes from Tamil Nadu to Arunachal Pradesh. The party is also working to document its history andefforts are on to put together audio and videos of itsleaders. PTI KRRT

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