BJP WOOS NRIs
Nearly 160 registered delegates of Indian origin attended the Overseas Friends of BJP Global Meet in New Delhi on January 7, 2014. The assembled delegates raised hands and vowed to make “Narendra Modi the next prime minister of India.”
BJP President Rajnath Singh honoured Mr Mahendra Chaudhary, former Prime Minister of Fiji for “global fight for democracy”, Lord Raj Loomba, CBE from U.K. for his work on “welfare of widows” and Mr Y.P. Reddy, also from Fiji, for his work on “welfare of Girmitiyas.”
A video film on the history and progress of BJP titled “BJP Ke Badhte Kadam” directed by OFBJP convenor Mr Vijay jolly was screened. A 10-point OFBJP agenda to connect NRIs and PIOs with family and friends in India was released by Mr Jolly along with OFBJP co-convenors Amit Thaker, Dr Rajni Sarin and Raj K Purohit. The assembled NRIs supported an OFBJP resolution to allow eligible NRIs to vote through postal ballots in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mr Jolly stated.
The OFBJP website www.ofbjpglobal.org was launched by Leader of the Party in Rajya Sabha, Mr Arun Jaitley. A collection of “Veer Ras” poems in a DVD format was released by senior BJP leader, Mr Venkaiyah Naidu. A photo exhibition on overseas connectivity of BJP leadership was exhibited.
Senior BJP leaders Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Jaitley, Mr Naidu and Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed the delegates. Mr L.K. Advani, Chairman, NDA delivered the valedictory address. Mr Rajnath Singh urged upon the Government of USA to have a relook at the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 as the visa fees have increased as a result of which Indian IT engineers were facing problems.