BJP campaign focus on note ban, surgical strikes

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded at BJP's National Executive Meeting in New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded at BJP’s National Executive Meeting in New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Giving more than a hint that the issue of demonetisation will be the pivot of its campaign in the upcoming polls of five states, BJP President Amit Shah claimed that his party has snatched the “pro-poor” plank of Congress and other parties. Addressing the ruling party’s top meet in the capital on Friday, he said the poor was now backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Another subject which came in for discussion was BJP’s much discussed surgical strikes across the LoC in the month of September.

“For the first time India carried out such a surgical strike. The whole world appreciated India’s strength. It was an example of great bravery. This surgical strike is India’s answer to terrorism. BJP always spoke about its policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and has now acted accordingly, he said.

Speaking on the issue of demonetisation, Shah stated that “Demonetisation was also a brave and historic decision. People voted for us not merely to run the country but to turn it around and change the poor’s fate”.

The BJP is holding a two-day National Executive meet in the capital, where Modi is slated to give a valedictory speech today.

In his inaugural address to the BJP office bearers, Shah also took a dig at the Opposition parties, in particular the Congress party, who have vociferously criticised the decision Modi government’s decision to ban higher denomination currency notes.

“… they used to earlier question what the government has done against black money and now they are asking why it took such a decision. Their shift from what to why has exposed them,” he said adding, asserting that BJP will win the polls in all five states– Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah at BJP national executive meet, New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah at BJP national executive meet, New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017.
Photo – PTI

The BJP chief also cited various surveys conducted by the private TV news channels which have given edge to the BJP in upcoming assembly polls.

“Opposition has been exposed and does not know what to do as the poor, who for historical reasons shown preference for a few parties, are now backing Modi and BJP and the pro-poor plank has been snatched from the hands of these parties,” Shah said.

During the meet, the members of BJP parliamentary board joined the top party leaders on dais to hail Modi for his historic decisions while the national executive gave him a standing ovation.

The push to digitisation and less cash economy will also result in bigger tax collection, the BJP claimed.

Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar claimed that demonetisation has hit fake currency trade so hard that a linchpin of the illicit business committed suicide in Pakistan.

Amit Shah also attacked his prime opponent, the vice president of Congress party Rahul Gandhi over the latter’s controversial ‘khoon ki dalali’ remark at the government over surgical strikes.