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‘Nationalism’ tops agenda as BJP national meet begins today

On Friday, the party inducted Kargil War hero Col Diptanshu Choudhry and declared that he will contest the West Bengal Assembly Election from Asansol South constituency.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 19, 2016 2:44 am
Union ministers J P Nadda and Rajyavardhan Rathore honour Kargil War hero Col Diptanshu Choudhry, who joined the BJP, in New Delhi on Friday. Praveen Khanna Union ministers J P Nadda and Rajyavardhan Rathore honour Kargil War hero Col Diptanshu Choudhry, who joined the BJP, in New Delhi on Friday. Praveen Khanna

From inducting a Kargil War hero into the party to discussing strategy against the “anti-nationals” at the top party meet, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned to keep the national discourse focussed on the nationalism narrative, an issue that has given it political mileage.

The message of an “intensifying battle between nationalists and anti-nationalists” are expected to be echoed in Amit Shah’s presidential address at the two-day national executive beginning Saturday, and two resolutions to be passed the following day, sources said.

On Friday, the party inducted Kargil War hero Col Diptanshu Choudhry and declared that he will contest the West Bengal Assembly Election from Asansol South constituency. Choudhry joined the BJP at the party headquarters in the presence of Union ministers J P Nadda and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

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The party national executive is expected to discuss strategy for not only the five poll-bound states but also next year’s elections in Uttar Pradesh.

“It is very important to us. The party will launch an intensive campaign in the state soon (and) discussions on it are high on our agenda,” a leader said.

The party brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah and senior leaders and ministers, will participate in the deliberations in which political and economic resolutions will be adopted. Shah will deliver the inaugural speech, and Modi the valedictory address.

With the Jat agitation in Haryana bringing up the controversial reservation issue, and turning out to be an embarrassment on its good governance slate, the two-day meet is expected to discuss strategies to prevent such violent agitation in BJP-ruled states. All states are expected to submit a report on their activities during the meeting on Saturday.

Another highlight of the discussions will be the strategy to reach the “pro-poor and pro-rural” annual Budget to the people. “This government is taking initiatives such as crop insurance and insurance schemes. But somehow the party has failed to reach the message to the poor. So the national executive will discuss devices to reach out to them,” a leader said. BJP office-bearers will meet first and the much larger party executive will get into a huddle in the afternoon. Among key issues on the agenda are the “disinformation” campaign by the Congress to “defame” the government, the Ishrat Jahan and JNU issues, and the Budget, a party leader said.

All top BJP leaders, including Shah, have of late slammed the Congress, particularly its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, for backing what the party calls “anti-national forces” in JNU. “We believe the issue has highlighted the Congress’s increasing ideological hollowness, and that the party can take up any cause in a desperation to target the government,” a source said.

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    commentaorji
    Mar 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    What is nationalism in accordance BJP Increase Taxes Increase cost of living Reduce saving Making malnutrition generation Oye one more above all of this make NRI Modi always outside India
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    1. Haradhan Mandal
      Mar 19, 2016 at 5:34 am
      There is an English 'Prabachan' - "Nationalism is the LAST RESORT of the scoundrels'. It this case, LAST RESORT happens to be the catching the straw by the drowning men (and women).
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      1. Haradhan Mandal
        Mar 19, 2016 at 7:08 am
        We are in the Manu era. And that is what the delusional Sanghis have started believing for themselves and have become too emboldened (soon after 2014 election) to enforce for all others.
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          MyTake
          Mar 19, 2016 at 2:00 am
          BJP need to fight state elections on its state strength. India is not yet matured enough on its national narrative to address state issues separately.
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            Ajit Das
            Mar 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm
            What is Indian nationalism? It is not bound to a language, religion or race. Let us not play political games and belittle our nationalism.
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