Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that it was thanks to the philosophy of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay that the BJP’s predecessor party, the Jana Sangh, went quickly from being a mere opposition party in the country to a serious alternative for it, against the ruling Congress.
“In a short span of time, one party completed the journey from ‘Vipaksh’ to ‘Vikalp’ and this was due to foundations laid by Deendayal,” the Prime Minister said, at the launch of a series of publications dedicated to Upadhyay.
“Organisation-based political parties”, were Deendayal’s biggest contribution, the PM said, adding that that was how the identity of the Jan Sangh and then the BJP evolved. Even “D Ram Manohar Lohia spoke about the efforts of Deendayal that resulted in the people getting an alternative to the Congress in 1967,” Modi said.
The PM released a 15-volume compendium that talks in detail of the key events in the life of Upadhyay and the journey of the Jana Sangh and of the country, including watershed events like the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, the Tashkent Agreement, and Goa’s Liberation.
The second to last volume of the compendium related the events leading up to the murder of Upadhyay soon after he became Jana Sangh chief in 1967.
The books have been published by the Research and Development Foundation for Integral Humanism, and Prabhat Publications.