PM Modi Sounds Poll Bugle for 2019 as BJP National Exec Meet Ends

The BJP has decided to defer the internal elections for a new chief until the next year’s elections.

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(Left to Right): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP President Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and senior leader LK Advani during BJP National Executive Meet in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his valedictory address of the BJP National Executive Meet on Sunday, 9 September, gave “Ajeya Bharat, Atal BJP” as the slogan for the 2019 elections.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved a political resolution on the second day of the Meet on Sunday praising PM Modi's 'Vision 2022'. Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory session of the meet.

On Saturday, party president Amit Shah called the united opposition an alliance of lies and falsehood.

Snapshot
  • “The Opposition only believes in ‘Modi roko abhiyan’,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday
  • The BJP has decided to fight 2019 LS polls under Amit Shah’s leadership. A source close to the party told The Quint that internal elections for a new chief have been deferred
  • The two-day meeting was by its key leaders from all states and Union territories besides its national leadership

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4:40 AM, 08 Sep

BJP National Executive Meet Begins Today

A two-day national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will commence on Saturday, 8 September in New Delhi.

The conclave was earlier slated for 18-19 August. However, the party had decided to postpone it in the wake of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise on 16 August. The former prime minister is expected to loom large over the proceedings, according to The Times of India.

The executive will pay tribute to the former prime minister, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told PTI.

(With PTI inputs)

5:11 AM, 08 Sep

Amit Shah Inaugurates BJP National Conclave

On Saturday morning, BJP President Amit Shah inaugurated the BJP conclave, flanked by his party’s office-bearers, at Delhi's Ambedkar International Centre.

Amit Shah inaugurated the meeting of its national office bearers, and it will be followed by the national executive meeting.
Amit Shah inaugurated the meeting of its national office bearers, and it will be followed by the national executive meeting.
(Photo Courtesy:Twitter/ @BJP4India)
5:27 AM, 08 Sep

What to Expect at BJP National Executive Meet?

At the conclave, the BJP is expected to articulate its response to the Opposition's combined attack on the government over the rise in oil prices, as well as formulate its strategy for the state Assembly polls and the Lok Sabha elections.

It comes against the backdrop of signs of unrest among upper castes, a core support base of the saffron party, over its push for pro-Dalit laws to woo the backward community.

The ruling party is likely to highlight the Centre’s steps for “social justice” and “economic successes”, besides its schemes aimed at empowering the poor. 

The issues of the National Register of Citizens, passage of key bills – including the one to restore the original provisions of the law on atrocities against Dalits and another that accorded constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) – in Parliament will come up for discussion at the national executive meet, sources told PTI.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters the executive will discuss all the topical issues. He, though, did not elaborate further.

The sources said the hike announced by the government 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 would also find a mention, besides the ongoing "Gram Swaraj" campaign to cover the poor with a host of welfare programmes.

Modi has often cited his government's pro-poor programmes and push for laws to empower the Dalits and Other Backward Classes as an evidence of its work for "social justice", a theme likely to be picked by the BJP national executive.

The BJP is likely to present itself as a party that has promoted the interests of the backward classes – a constituency it has constantly been wooing to big electoral successes since 2014.

Party leaders said the government's "honest" image and "successful" handling of the economy, besides the Hindutva credentials of the organisation, would keep its core constituency tethered to it in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

They added that the likely alliance of its rivals such as the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samajwadi Party and other regional parties would be a red herring for the upper castes.

5:30 AM, 08 Sep

Venue a Symbolism for BJP's Dalit Outreach

Significantly, the BJP has chosen Delhi’s Ambedkar International Centre for hosting the conclave. The organisation works to promote the works and ideas of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, making the venue a symbolism for its Dalit outreach. The Quint’s Neeraj Gupta explains.

However, the party will have to do a balancing act as groups claiming to represent the upper castes – its core vote bank – have been protesting the government's decision to restore the original and stringent provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals, after the Supreme Court had relaxed those.

The groups had called a "Bharat Bandh" on Thursday.

Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra has gone on record seeking a rethink on the law, which non-Dalits/tribals claim is often misused.


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