NEW YORK: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav, who joined the party recently from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) where he was on the national executive committee, was felicitated by the Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) at the Clarion Inn in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Madhav spoke at length on the new government and its functioning under prime minister Narendra Modi, whom he hailed as “one of the most popular leaders in the world”, at the meet held this past Sunday, according to a press release issued by the OFBJP.
The bureaucracy is responding to the demands of the new government, and the files are being dusted off and cleared fast, said Madhav, who had come from New Delhi to join in discussions in New York on a community reception for Modi at the Madison Square Garden on September 28.
Modi is also being highly savvy and diplomatic in reaching out to India’s neighbors, said Madhav.
“The reception he received from public in Bhutan and Nepal speaks of his popularity beyond India’s borders,” he said.
The goal of Modi’s government is to serve the last man in the queue as propounded by the party’s ideologue, philosopher and founder leader Deen Dayal Upadhyay, said Madhav, speaking also on how India withstood the pressure of the world nations at the recently concluded World Trade Organization meet and “safe guarded the interest of its farmers”.
OFBJP President Chandrakant Patel, in his welcome speech, exhorted the Indian Diaspora to give their might to the development of India. He promised that OFBJP would open a “Service Center” in New Jersey to attend the requirements of Indian American community.
Earlier, the meeting started with ceremonial lighting of the lamp and offering flowers to the founding fathers of BJP followed by the rendition of vande mataram.
Abhimanyu Gupta, Joint Secretary, HSS, gave a presentation on the work of the organization in New Jersey while Patel highlighted the work done by OFBJP during the election campaign. Ila Sukhadia spoke about Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHP-A) and Prakash Waghmare gave a glimpse of Ekal Vidyalaya’s work in the Tristate area.
The meeting was also attended by Mahesh Mehta (Coordinator, OFBJP), Saumitra Gokhale (International Coordinator, HSS), Yelloji Rao Mirajkar (General Secretary, HSS), former OFBJP president Dr. Adapa Prasad and Ram Rakshpal Sood (OFBJP Advisor).
Aravind Modini, OFBJP Youth Co-Convener, moderated an interactive session with Madhav, where he took questions from the audience. Answering a question on the law and order situation in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, he said that the government is closely watching the situation as the respective state governments are filing false cases on BJP office bearers to contain the party. However, he said that BJP would storm to power in those states in the near future.