CMs of BJP-Ruled States Meet at Party HQ in Delhi, Modi Joins
At current, BJP rules 15 states and has deputy chief ministers in four states, where it shares power with allies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the meeting of the Chief Ministers of all the BJP-ruled states across India, at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday, 28 August. BJP Chief Amit Shah arrived earlier in the day.
BJP president Amit Shah inaugurated the day-long meeting of the party's chief ministers, in which they decided to meet targets of the 'Swachh Bharat' scheme in a time-bound manner, on 28 August.
The ongoing 'Gram Swaraj' project in over 48,000 villages was also discussed in the meeting.
Party sources said the meeting also passed a condolence message commemorating former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a leader who brought to fruition the concept of good governance and in whose death the country lost a visionary.
BJP leaders also remembered Vajpayee's work to develop the northeast region and also create three new states.
Sources said it was decided in the meeting that the targets set for the 'Swachh Bharat' (Clean India) project should be met within a specified period.
The meeting has been conducted as a run-up to the 2019 general elections and the upcoming polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, for the party leaders to strategise on how to turn the beneficiaries of government-welfare schemes into voters for the party.
At present, the BJP rules 15 states across India and has deputy chief ministers in four states, where it shares power with allies.
Each of these states has been asked to submit block-wise details of the beneficiaries of the government schemes.A BJP leader told Hindustan Times
Leaders also took stock of implementation of seven central welfare schemes, including distribution of cooking gas connection and LED bulbs among the poor and also their coverage under insurance schemes, in over 48,000 villages.
“The BJP has 11 crore-plus members. If we can convert welfare schemes into voters, the BJP will return to power with a majority greater than 2014. The chief ministers’ conclave will discuss all these issues threadbare,” another party leader told the Hindustan Times.
The welfare schemes in question include providing LPG cylinders to BPL families, universal banking services and loans for startups among others. According to the party’s claim, these schemes have roughly benefited about 22 crore people across India, the report adds.
The meeting has assumed significance due to the upcoming Assembly polls in three BJP-ruled states and the Lok Sabha elections, which are less than eight months away.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times and PTI)
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