It has been yet another BJP National Executive meeting centred around Prime Minister Narendra Modi. If the last party meet in New Delhi saw Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu praise Modi as god’s gift to India while presenting the draft political resolution, on this occasion, Nitin Gadkari has attributed the BJP’s growth in south and north-eastern parts of the country to “Modiji’s vision and ideology”.
Before the meeting began on Sunday in Allahabad, a party general secretary said the meeting would be “Modimay”. He has been proved correct, literally.
The Allahabad meeting has discussed and adopted a laudatory resolution on the Modi government’s achievements in the last two years. This in itself is unusual: the national executive usually passes two resolutions, one economic and the other political.
Every speaker, every minister and all party spokespersons have vied with each other to heap praise on the Prime Minister. Volunteers, there to ensure that the conclave went off well, have gush about how “Modiji has grown as a world leader and earned respect and recognition.”
“Every step he takes is a positive and good step. Look at his gesture of visiting Chandra Shekhar Azad Park to pay tribute to the martyr. No other leader thought about it. We need to start honouring our national leaders other than Nehru and the Gandhis,” said Sunil Pande, a BJP worker in Allahabad
“This national executive doesn’t look like BJP meet, it’s a Modi conclave,” quipped one media person.
Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nitin Gadkari who briefed the media on the national executive meet spent much of their briefing highlighting Modi’s achievements. And anyone and everyone who wants to be in with the party and even wannabe stakeholders have put up posters and banners welcoming the PM.
Meanwhile, the crucial question of who will lead the party in the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has been overwhelmed and almost obscured by the hype surrounding Modi.