July 2014 \
Ireland Chapter Launched

OFBJP Global Convener Mr Vijay Jolly recently travelled to Dublin, Ireland to launch and inaugurate the new OFBJP (Overseas Friends of BJP) chapter. The keynote address was delivered by Lord Raj Loomba, Member House of Lords, United Kingdom.

Earlier Ireland Dublin City Council Mayor Hon’ble Christy Burke welcomed and greeted OFBJP Convener Mr Jolly at the local city council hall. Indian Ambassador Ms Radhika Lokesh was also present on the occasion. A book of Dublin in poetry and songs titled “If Ever You Go” was presented to BJP leader Mr Jolly. A Lord Ganesh statue was presented by Mr Jolly to the Mayor.

Warm good wishes of “Friendship & Goodwill” on behalf of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP President Mr. Rajnath Singh were conveyed to the citizens of Ireland.

Mr. Jolly nominated BITS IIT India topper and young NRI Mr. Rajpal Singh Rathore as new OFBJP President Ireland along with Ankur Shah as Vice President, Secretaries namely Dharmendra Oza, Ms. Raima Iyer, Hemendra Dwivedi, Jignesh Ghai and Kamal Gupta as Treasurer. BJP saffron lotus scarf were presented by Mr. Jolly along with the “White lotus” BJP election symbol to all the office bearers.

Other prominent Irish leaders present on the occasion were Hon’ble Deputy Mayor Dublin City Council Mr. Larry O’ Toole, Cllr Ruairi Mcginley, Cllr Kieran Dennison and Cllr Ms. Deirdre of South Dublin County.

World famous widow’s welfare crusader Lord Raj Loomba specially flew from London to attend the program. While delivering the keynote address Lord Loomba specially praised BJP Leader Mr. Jolly for his untiring efforts to identify, engage, unite and motivate NRIs and PIOs. Lord Loomba hoped that PM Mr. Narendra Modi shall entrust an important task to Senior BJP Leader Vijay Jolly for the welfare of 2.5 million NRIs all over the globe.

Lord Loomba in his address stated that in PMs electoral constituency Varanasi in India, Loomba Foundation proposed to empower 5,000 Indian widows for their livelihood. Lord Loomba stated that for this purpose he was willing to donate Rs. 1 crore provided GOI comes forward with a matching grant of Rs. 1 crore for the welfare of widows in India. This was greeted with a loud applause by the audience.

OFBJP leader Mr. Jolly in his short yet forceful speech termed Prime Minister Modi as a “Yug Purush” who has firmly fashioned the absolute victory of BJP and decimation of Congress, Samajwadi and Bahujan parties in India. Despite massive victory of BJP, Mr. Modi has accommodated all partners in NDA by forming an alliance Government in India. This showed the true accommodative and democratic mindset of Mr. Modi. The contribution of Mr A.B. Vajpayee, Mr L.K. Advani and Late Mr K.B. Thakre was also fondly remembered by Mr Jolly in his address.

Indian Ambassador in Ireland Ms. Radhika Lokesh hosted a dinner in honor of visiting OFBJP leader Mr. Jolly at the Ananda Restaurant on Sandy Ford Road, in Down Town Centre, Dublin.

BJP leader Mr. Jolly travelled 200 km to Belfast in Northern Ireland. There he was hosted by Hindu Temple leader Ashok Sharma and Archana Sharma. He visited Hindu temple in Belfast, visited Lord Diljit Rana at Ramada Plaza hotel and a courtesy call to Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Hospital’s famous consultant anesthetist Dr. Satyavir Singhal.

A meeting with Rajasthani Samaj in Ireland was organized by President of the Irish Indian Rajasthani Society Mr. Devi Singh Bidhawat of Rajasthan. A visit to Sanskrit speaking Irish Hindu Swami Purna Nanda at his “Eire Vedanta Society” ashram in Dublin, visit to Eurasia Indian ethnic supermarket and meeting with intellectual Sikh leaders namely Dr. Jasbir Singh Puri, Sardar Gurbir Singh Chadha, Sardar Bikram Jit Singh and Sardar Gursharan Singh culminated along with a dinner reception by OFBJP leader Dharmendra Oza at his Dublin residence.