At the national executive meeting in Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah, in a point by point rebuttal of the combined opposition's attack on the government said, "Mahagathbandhan is an eyewash, an illusion based on falsehood". The party would win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a bigger mandate than 2014, said Shah.
The BJP chief however, cautioned the party workers and said, "We should not be complacent." The party has decided fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Mr Shah. The Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has confirmed to NDTV that the party's internal polls, to select a new leader, will be deferred as Shah's term as president ends in January 2019.
The two-day meeting is being attended by its national leadership, key leaders from all states and union territories and office bearers.
As BJP tackles the protests over SC/ST Act and opposition’s criticism on the soaring fuel prices in its national executive meet today, BJP president Amit Shah said that the Modi govt is working for ‘making India’ whereas Congress is busy in breaking India.
The BJP chief said during the meeting that the opposition is spreading misinformation on SC/ST Act and thus trying to divide the society in the name of caste.
The crucial executive meet which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cabinet leaders also had a brainstorming over the upcoming assembly polls in five states and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party vowed to improve its 2014 tally during the meeting, sources said.
The crucial meeting comes two days after several organisations of upper castes staged Bharat Bandh in protest of the restoration of key provisions in SC/ST Act. BJP chief Amit Shah also held party’s national office bearers meeting before the national executive and paid floral tribute at the statue of Bhimrao Ambedkar at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.
BJP gave meeting venue place a theme of “Sadaiv Atal”, in the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away last month. Inside the venue premises, a hoarding read Atal’s statement for Ambedkar: “The Constitution Dr Ambedkar has given to us, that is our greatest heritage.”
Also, another hoarding displayed the “Panchteerth” that the government has developed as a tribute to Ambedkar. These panchteerths are important places related to Dr. Ambedkar’s life.
A party office-bearer after the meeting said that party chief Amit Shah in his address emphasised on strengthening of party organisation and increasing activities in view of Lok Sabha polls. Shah also said that the opposition was creating propaganda and misleading masses but BJP will record victory in 2019 by winning seats more than 2014, he added.
Shah also said that the opposition was creating propaganda and misleading masses but BJP will record victory in 2019.
In the meeting, it was discussed that party workers in coming days will approach nearly 22 crore beneficiaries of different schemes of NDA-led Central and state governments and will ensure that these beneficiaries turn up to cast their votes on polling day.
As the party has turned to the legacy of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, videos and audio of his speeches and poetry were played inside the venue.Highlights of BJP's national executive meeting
- The Narendra Modi-led government is working for "making India" whereas the Congress is working for "breaking India," said the BJP president.
- The BJP chief congratulated Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his action against activists who are under house arrest for their alleged links with Bhima Koregaon violence.
- A slogan of "Ajey BJP" (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting and Mr Shah told the leaders to work for the party's victory in the five states. A decision has been taken to give extra emphasis on the elections in Telangana, which is expected to go polls with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, said party sources
- The meeting, which will be attended by the central leadership tomorrow, comes in the backdrop of signs of unrest among upper castes, a core support base of the BJP, farmers' protests and angst of the SC/ST community.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the meeting on Sunday. The BJP is focusing on highlighting the centre's steps for "social justice" and "economic successes" besides its schemes for the poor.
- In a bid to reach out to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the party has chosen the Ambedkar International Centre, as the venue of the meeting.
- "There has been an attempt to create confusion regarding SC/ST issue, but that won't cause any impact on 2019 elections", Mr Shah told the office bearers, reported news agency ANI.
- The party will have to do a balancing act after Thursday's "Bharat Bandh" as people of the upper castes have been protesting the government's decision to restore the stringent provisions of a law on atrocities against tribals, after the Supreme Court's order.
- The National Register of Citizens will also come up for discussion at the national executive meet, said party sources.
- PM Modi's pro-poor programmes focusing on "social justice", the hike in the Minimum Support Price for a number of farm produce and the rise in the economic growth in the last quarter to 8.2 per cent will also be discussed.