Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address his party’s top meeting – National Executive – which is attended by BJP Chief Ministers, all MPs, MLAs and office-bearers across the country. On Sunday BJP chief Amit Shah took a stock of the party’s performance to finalise agenda items, including resolutions.
Modi in his address is expected to counter the opposition’s criticism, especially concerning the state of the economy.
During the office bearers’ meeting, Shah reviewed the performance of the party’s expansion drive in the last one year. More than four lakh BJP workers covered the 4,100 state assembly seats to strengthen the party and shared the development measures initiated by the government, party general secretary Bhupender Yadav said.
It was also decided to take forward prime minister Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission and the resolve to establish a ‘New India’ and make them a success, he said.
General Secretary Vinay Sahasrabuddhe also shared the details of Shah’s country-wide tour during the meeting and said the party chief travelled 50,000 km and interacted with 18,000 workers across the country to strengthen the BJP.
To mark the birth centenary celebrations of Upadhyaya, the party has also dedicated the year to the ‘welfare of the poor’ and the government has taken various initiatives on this front while curbing corruption, Yadav said.
A key highlight of the meeting will be the presence of the party’s elected lawmakers — close to 1,400 MLAs, 337 MPs and all MLCs, besides its core group leaders from states among others on Monday.
Modi, who will deliver the valedictory address on Monday, may use the opportunity to highlight his government’s pro-poor measures and other policy decisions.
With the opposition parties attacking the government’s handling of the economy by citing the fall in GDP rate and demonetisation figures, Modi is expected to take them on and highlight his dispensation’s “successes” in boosting transparency and curbing black money, party sources said.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has consistently attacked the government over the economy during his visit to the US.
The BJP sources said the party’s resolution is likely to assert that the economy has been doing better under the NDA than it did under the previous UPA government. The roll-out of the GST has been described by the party as a major success of the government which, it has asserted, will integrate the country’s economy.
The prime minister’s agenda of development is also expected be a key feature.
A senior party leader said the issue of Rohingya immigrants, whom the government has termed a threat to security, may also find a mention.
With the government and the party embracing Upadhyaya’s plank of ‘antyodaya’ (upliftment of the last man), the executive is expected to cite a number of measures taken by the Union and the BJP-ruled states for the poor’s welfare.
(With inputs from PTI)