The two-day national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party that begins in Kolhapur on Saturday is expected to pronounce a verdict on one year of the Narendra Modi government at the centre, and six months of the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra, and look at improving coordination between the BJP government and organisation for effectively carrying the message of good governance to the masses. It will also seek to elicit feedback from district level leaders.
The conclave, to be inaugurated in Kolhapur by BJP national president Amit Shah, will, through a resolution, laud the Modi government’s one year in office. Fadnavis will address the conclave on Sunday and outline the rural and urban policy reforms of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra and highlight its achievements and roadmap. The selection of Kolhapur is also being seen as important for the BJP looking at making inroads in western Maharashtra.
Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari will give the valedictory speech on Sunday.
On the agenda are resolutions on matters related to the state, including socio-political and economic, centred on critical issues related to the agrarian crisis.
Sources revealed that district level leaders of the party are likely to talk tough on matters related to farmers’ plight and ask the government to expedite relief measures at the grassroots.
The conclave, Jan Parva (Dedicated to People) would reflect the mood within the organisation on how it perceives the government at the centre and the state. Closed-door meetings will allow party officials from the districts to highlight issues of concern and point out where the government is falling short in
The meet will also ratify Raosaheb Danve’s elevations as the BJP state chief.
Danve said, “Whether it is the centre or the state there are several policies taken by the government which need to be reached the masses.”
Kolhapur as venue reveals the BJP’s determination to make inroads in western Maharashtra, the traditional stronghold of Congress-NCP.
Shah is likely to lead the top leadership of the state, MLAs and MPs to the famous Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur. The significance of the conclave at Kolhapur (Western Maharashtra) signals that the CM Devendra Fadnavis has managed to take some hard decisions related to abolishing toll tax and ushering in reforms in the agriculture sector.
Kolhapur was the centre of a major agitation against the former Congress-NCP government. Agitations to address the farm crisis, and the movement against toll-tax collection have been brewing for the last five years, during the
Congress-NCP reign. Ahead of the 2014 assembly and parliament elections that swept the BJP to power, these issues, toll tax in particular, were burning issues and triggered agitations. Fadnavis is expected to highlight how his government has, within six months, abolished toll collection, effective from June 1. A recent decision relates to a policy crafted to make Maharashtra a state free of suicide by farmers.