New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers to reaffirm the importance of social distancing and India to get rid of coronavirus pandemic. He made this appeal on micro-blogging site Twitter on the occasion of BJP’s 40th foundation day. Also Read - LaLiga to Pay Tribute to Heroes of COVID-19 During Every Match

Tributes to all those who have toiled hard to build the Party for decades, due to which BJP has got the opportunity to serve crores of Indians across our nation’s length and breadth. We mark our party’s 40th anniversary when India is battling COVID-19. I appeal to BJP Karyakartas to follow the set of guidelines from our party president JP Nadda-ji, help those in need and reaffirm the importance of social distancing. Let’s make India COVID-19-free,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets. Also Read - Coronavirus in Delhi: With 990 New Cases in Last 24 Hours, National Capital Breaches 20,000-Mark

The PM’s appeal comes a day after millions of people across the country lit diyas (earthen lamps) and candles following his ‘9 PM, 9-Minutes’ call to “challenge the darkness spread by the coronavirus. Also Read - India Will Prosper When Farmers Prosper, Says PM Modi as Centre Hikes MSP For 14 Kharif Crops

Earlier, party President JP Nadda had asked BJP workers to hoist new party flag at all offices and at every karyakarta’s house. “Maintain social distancing while hoisting,” the BJP President stated.

“All BJP Karyakartas to give up one meal on our Foundation Day as a way to show solidarity with people facing hardships during the lockdown. Provide food packets to 5+1 needy under #FeedtheNeedy program. In the next one week, put a system in place where we can provide two homemade face covers to each person at our booth. We should circulate videos of preparation and distribution of such face covers with #WearFaceCoverStaySafe,” Nadda stated.

About BJP

The BJP’s origin lies in the Bhartiya Jana Sangh, that was formed in 1951 by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. After the Emergency in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party and defeated the Congress in the 1977 general election.

After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP.

The BJP grew in strength during the Ram Janambhoomi movement and formed its first government in Uttar Pradesh in 1991 under the leadership of Kalyan Singh.