Modi, Shah inaugurate party National Executive in Delhi
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 07 Jan 2017 08:49:00|
BJP’s two-day national executive meet began at NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi on Friday evening as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah inaugurated the meet, scheduled a month ahead of five States including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa going for Assembly polls.
While party President Amit Shah hailed PM’s two decisions of surgical strike near Indo-Pak border and demonetization as historic during his inaugural speech, entire Parliamentary Board and party members present in the Hall gave standing ovation to PM for these decisions.
Shah also expressed confidence about BJP winning all five election-going States on the basis of party’s increased organizational strength. Informing this while addressing a press briefing at the NDMC Convention Centre later, senior party leader and Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar indicated that the party is all set to en-cash the two historical decision taken by the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said public welfare and lack of development in the non-BJP ruled election-going States (especially, Congress ruled Uttarakhand and Manipur and SP ruled UP) would be main poll-plank of the party. Referring to party President Amit Shah’s speech, Javadekar said party is confident of winning all five States going to Assembly polls next month.
This national executive meet is not crucial only because of the assembly elections scheduled in five States, but also because this is the first national executive meet three months after the previous such meets held at Kozhikode in Kerala about three months back, Javadekar said this meet happens to be the first one since two historical decisions taken by the PM.
Party feels it would be its first crucial electoral test since the unprecedented decision to demonetize the higher currency note of Rs 1,000 and 500, leading to a significant shake down in the country’s economy. Mentioning that the party had team that was working on identifying and strengthening the party’s weaknesses, during briefing, while referring to Shah’s speech, Javadekar said party organisation is biggest strength of BJP.
Mentioning that party was going to win in UP, Uttarakhand and Goa while its alliance would win in Punjab, the BJP leader told their party would also win in Manipur. He told “Blockade free, Bandh free, Developed Manipur” would BJP’s new slogan for the forthcoming assembly polls in the state.
While mentioning that BJP’s Parliamentary Board congratulating the PM for his two historical decisions along with entire hall giving him the standing ovation, Javadekar told that the board also criticized the Congress-led Opposition for opposing the measures.
Stating that every paisa has been accounted for after it has been deposited in the banks, Javadekar said, referring to party President Shah’ speech, adding this coupled with digital transactions and transparency in the transactions, there would be growth in tax collection, which in turn could be available for development of the poor. He also underlined that changes cannot be brought in India’s growth story.
He claimed that the opposition parties were exposed as the people supported the Government’s decision, fully understanding their benefits. He took a dig at Congress questioning the Government’s decision pointing out that over its last 50 years’ rule they made people stand in queues for everything including milk, ration, and kerosene.
Shah said the Central Government began planning the shake up two-and-a-half years ago, said Javadekar, adding that the decision for demonetisation has taken place after a lot of consultations and deep thinking.
He also noted that all surveys have given overwhelming support to the Government move and that the poor people are standing by Government. Both demonetisation and surgical strikes will go down as historic decisions, said the Union Minister, mentioning that the party has also won various elections during the intermittent period of 50 days, is an indication of public acceptance to its move.
Earlier, the BJP President Amit Shah addressed party office-bearers in Delhi ahead of two-day National Executive meet, where its top brass is expected to give final shape to BJP’s poll strategy in Assembly elections in five States.
This is the second time since the demonetisation move that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address all the senior leaders of the party at the meeting. It is the last meeting of all national-level and state-level leaders before the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh and four other States.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address party workers at the meeting, which is being attended by former BJP Presidents, party Chief Ministers and around 350 party members. Key economic and political resolutions are scheduled to be adopted at the convention.
Sources said the economic resolution is likely to focus on demonetisation and black money and condemn the role of opposition parties, especially the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Trinamool Congress in opposing the November 8 note ban.