Inaugurating the new BJP headquarters in Delhi, Prime Minister Modi charted the party's growth since its inception as Bhartiya Jana Sangh in 1951 and said it has never wavered from its founding ideals and is full of patriotism.
He said there were many leaders associated with the Congress during the struggle for freedom, but later parted ways to propagate their political values and founded new parties.
The Jana Sangh was founded because after Independence a need was felt to have one or two more strong national parties, Prime Minister Modi said.
"After Independence, Bhartiya Jana Sangh and then BJP led all agitations held in national interest in the country. And we are proud of it," he told a gathering, which included party chief Amit Shah, a host of Union ministers and its office-bearers.
That is why the BJP is "dyed in the colour of patriotism" and is always willing to struggle and sacrifice for the cause of the nation, Prime Minister Modi said.
At a time when some of his allies, including the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), have spoken about their differences with the BJP, the prime minister recalled the work of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was successful in taking allies along while navigating regional aspirations and sparking a new hope in the country, PM Modi said, adding, "The root cause for this is that democracy is in our blood ('rag rag mein hain'). That is why we are moving forward while taking everyone along to the best extent possible."
The new building (BJP headquarters) may be the work place for the party but its area of work should be the country's boundaries. Party workers should be its soul, he said.
On the occasion, PM Modi also said different views of different political parties make the bouquet of Indian democracy beautiful but a lot is still needed to be done about the way they are constituted and function.
Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.