BJP on mission mode for 2019, sets new targets

Apr 19, 2017, 01:31
BJP on mission mode for 2019, sets new targets

Addressing some 200 of BJP's senior leadership team, the Prime Minister said that exploitation of Muslim women must end but at the same time it should not end up dividing the community.

Pradhan's father, Debendra Pradhan, was also a BJP MP from Deogarh, Odisha, and served as a minister of state in the 1999 A.B. Vajpayee Cabinet.

"Today, our responsibility is also bring about a positive change in the country's politics", BJP president Amit Shah said in his speech.

Prime Minister Modi would then head to Bajipura village in the neighbouring Tapi district to inaugurate a cattle feed plant and an ice-cream plant of Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union, popularly known as Sumul Dairy.

After successfully holding the party's National Executive meeting, Shah will visit the state again in June and August, according to a Union Minister. "From the soil of Odisha, the party should pledge to build a New India, where good governance and power to the poor should be the mantra".

The two-day executive meeting didn't delve much into economic issues and challenges facing the country, although the PM reiterated his vision of a "new India" and asked BJP leaders to prepare for a "long jump" to achieve socio-economic development on the pillars of social justice to change the tide of history.

In a reference to controversial comments made by party leaders, Modi said some of them often get carried away when in front of a mike and added that silence is a better attribute. "It's only when we get these states and the local civic bodies that we can say our golden period has begun", Shah said.

Delivering the concluding address at the two-day National Executive meeting of the party, Modi said Muslim women should move forward and wondered whether "we could not help them in their effort?" Some showered flowers on the Prime Minister. During the Delhi elections, Church attacks were the highlights and during the Bihar polls "Award Wapasi" was the issue.

Also seeking to consolidate its footprint among Other Backward Classes - a group having sizeable presence across many major states, the party accused the Congress and other opposition parties of "blocking" in the Rajya Sabha a bill to grant constitutional status to the OBC Commission.

BJP president Amit Shah Saturday cautioned party leaders against complacency, saying it is yet to reach the peak as he rolled out plans for its expansion in states where it has been traditionally weak.

The BJP also has to face assembly elections in Gujarat, Himachal, Karnataka and Odisha.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, despite the Modi wave in many parts of the country, the BJP could manage to win only one seat from Odisha.

'His credibility index among the poor is very high and they have conveyed their true feeling about him in the recent zila panchayat elections where we came close second to the ruling BJD'.