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BJP has always supported free trade, free agriculture: Amit Shah

Jana Sangh always believed in 'nation first, party second and the person last': Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Amit Shah
BJP National President Amit Shah addresses the 'Opinion Makers Meet' in Mumbai

president on Sunday said his party has been pro-and free agriculture policy since its inception.

"We had said (we support) and free agriculture then (when BJP's predecessor Jana Sangh was formed) and today also we are saying and free agriculture," the chief said.

Shah, who was speaking at 'opinion-makers meet' with a select group of city residents from various sectors, reiterated that he considers to be a "special purpose vehicle" formed for getting independence.

"Everybody who wanted independence gathered under the banner of ... The party was like a special purpose vehicle to gain independence. Once the purpose was served, the structure of became irrelevant. There were hardly any principles, hence after independence it remained in politics only and only for politics," Shah said.

Jana Sangh, on the other hand, always believed in "nation first, party second and the person last" and even today the swears by this dictum, he said.

"When Sonia Gandhi will step down from her post (of Congress chief) everybody knows who would be the next president of the party. Can anyone guess who would be the next president of the BJP? Anyone can become, because we have an internal democracy," Shah said.

First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 02:19 IST