BJP kickstarted its top brainstorm meet on Friday, where the top priority could well be to discuss the strategy of polls in five states starting next month. Party chief Amit Shah opned the two-day national executive meet in New Delhi holding discussion with the party leaders and other office bearers.
Modi government’s decision to ban higher denomination note of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, an issue stiffly criticised by the Opposition, is likely to be hailed as “an important step” in its “war against black money and corruption”.
The party will also use the occasion to burnish its pro-poor and pro-weak credentials by citing several government schemes, including the recent sops announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the address to the nation on December 31.
The top BJP brass is also expected to target the opposition over its attack on the government for advancing the Budget Session of Parliament.
Already seeing a Winter session of Parliament getting washed in a din due to protest on the issue of demonetisation, the ruling party may project the recent move by opposition as another attempt by the Congress and the other rival parties to derail Modi’s “pro-poor” agenda.
With the mood in the BJP camp getting a major lift following the Prime Minister’s huge rally in Lucknow this week, the the party is expected to project the opposition’s criticism of the exercise as an attempt to protect the corrupt.
Two resolutions, one political and the other economic, are likely to be passed at the meet. The army’s surgical strikes last year to target terror launchpads across the border could also find a mention at the meeting.
BJP chief Amit Shah will deliver the inaugural address while Modi is set to give the valedictory speech the day after.
The polls to the five states, including all-crucial Uttar Pradesh, were announced yesterday by the Election Commission.
BJP’s central election committee is likely to announce the names of party candidates after the auspicious ‘Makar Sankranti’ which falls on January 14.
(With inputs from the PTI)