LESSONS IN “nationalism” and the alleged raising of “anti-national slogans” at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are among the top issues to be taken up for discussion during the two-day national convention of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) —- the youth wing of BJP —- beginning in Vrindavan from March 5.
The convention, with “India First” as its theme, will be attended by more than 15,000 BJYM workers apart from senior BJP leaders. BJYM’s national executive committee will meet on March 4 to give a final shape to the agenda for the convention.
“JNU issue will be discussed to expose Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and leaders of other political parties who are supporting the anti-national forces for vote bank politics,” said state BJYM president Ashutosh Rai said. He confirmed that there will be “lecture for youths on nationalism”.
While BJYM national president and MP Anurag Thakur will preside over the event, BJP national president Amit Shah will inaugurate it. Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, J P Nadda and Uma Bharti are likely to address separate sessions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to address the concluding session but organisers said they were yet to receive a confirmation in this regard from PMO.
Rai said the convention’s theme has been taken from the slogan “India first, party second, self last”, that BJYM created soon after the row erupted at JNU following the alleged raising of “anti-national and pro-Afzal Guru” slogans by some students and the “support extended” to them by some political parties.
The BJYM will also raise the issue of the recent murder of a Dalit VHP leader in Agra and will target former chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati for maintaining “silence on rising atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh”. “Mayawati has spoken on Dalit related incidents that took place in other states. But, she has remained silent on the murder in her home state only because of vote bank politics,” Rai said.
He said that Samajwadi Party government will also remain on the target for failing to protect the “gau palak” and for giving shelter to cow slaughters. The VHP leader killed in Agra was reportedly running a campaign against cow slaughter.
“There will be a proposal against Akhilesh Yadav government for failing to meet the promises made to the youth. Akhilesh government has failed to provide employment to youths even as corruption prevails in state’s recruitment agencies,”added Rai.
In the convention, stalls of different Union ministries will be put up to highlight the schemes launched for public welfare in past two years. Likewise, BJP ruled states will also put up their stalls to showcase their achievements.
“Some officials from leading banks have also been invited to explain about the terms and conditions of MUDRA scheme and other economic empowerment related programmes to the workers so that they can further help the masses in getting benefit of these schemes,” Rai said.
The BJYM had last hosted a national convention in Uttar Pradesh in 2001 when Shivraj Singh Chauhan, currently Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, was its national president and Swatantradeo Singh, currently BJP state general secretary, was its state president.