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Accompanied By Senior Leaders, PM Modi Inaugurates New BJP HQ On Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg

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| February 18 , 2018 , 13:38 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the new national headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 6, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, around 5 km away from its earlier HQ at 11 Ashoka Road.

Veteran BJP leaders, LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari also attended the inauguration ceremony apart from BJP national president Amit Shah and PM Modi.

"This is an important day for BJP. Every member used to dream of BJP's own office. Now when the PM inaugurates this, this dream will turn into reality," said Amit Shah at the BJP HQ ahead of the official inauguration.

"Under the leadership of Modi Ji, this organisation of 11 Crore members is moving ahead to bring to reality the dream of a 'New India'" he said.

"I want to thank Amit Bhai and his entire team, that worked hard to complete the work on the BJP HQ within the desired time frame," said PM Modi at inauguration of BJP's new headquarters.

"Jan Sangh and BJP leaders have been at the forefront of all leading mass movements post Independence. Ours is a party committed to 'Rashtra Bhakti'" he said.

"Ours was a journey that began with greats such as Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. Generations of Karyakartas have given their life for the party," said PM Modi.

"Forming a political party is not tough in India. There are several parties with their own views, ideologies and working. The fact that there are several parties in the nation adds to the beauty of democracy in India," he said.

The foundation for the 70-room new office space had been laid in August 2016 by PM Modi and Amit Shah. The completed office consists of 3 blocks, spread across 2 acres and the main building consists of 7-storeys while the 2 side buildings have 3 storeys each. Underground parking for around 200 cars is also planned, so as to prevent jams in the area.

With the shift, the BJP becomes the first major national political party to move its office premises from outside the Lutyens' Bungalow Zone, as per the Supreme Court directive asking party offices to be relocated from the area.