BJP council meet HIGHLIGHTS: Shah says LS polls battle of ideologies, slams Opposition’s grand alliance

BJP council meet HIGHLIGHTS: Shah says LS polls battle of ideologies, slams Opposition’s grand alliance

BJP National Executive Meeting HIGHLIGHTS: Amit Shah, while exuding confidence in the party workers, said BJP will again make the government at Centre under PM Modi's leadership. He said the party was keen on the issue of Ram Mandir but Congress was delaying it.

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Prime minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley and others at the inauguration of the “BJP National Convention” in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Addressing BJP workers from across the country at the National Executive meeting at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Friday, party chief Amit Shah expressed confidence ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and said the polls will be a battle of ideologies. The BJP will lay the final guidelines for thousands of party leaders for the upcoming elections with its two-day National Executive meeting at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Friday and Saturday. The event was inaugurated by party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, in the presence of senior BJP leaders.

After the recent Assembly election rout, the party, during the convention, is likely to focus on how to bring back the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The saffron party had lost to the Congress in the three Hindi heartland states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Besides this, two resolutions, one on political issues and another on the economy, are also likely to be passed. The national convention will be attended by BJP national executive council members, national council members, all MPs, MLAs, MLCs, national office-bearers of all morchas among others.

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Grand alliance coming together because they can’t defeat Modi alone: Shah

Calling the 2019 Lok Sabha elections a battle of ideologies, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah Friday asserted that his party stood for cultural nationalism and development of poor. In his inaugural address at a party convention in New Delhi, Shah likened it to the third battle of Panipat between Marathas and the Afghans army, saying the election results will be equally significant for the country. “This is an example in history which matches with the situation today,” he said, asserting that it is a must for the party to win the polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several top party leaders were present at the convention. The two-day event is being held at Ramlila Maidan. READ MORE

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First resolution at the National Convention today taken in connection with Agriculture

2019 LS polls is very crucial for 50 crore poor of the country: Shah

Opposition has come together merely for power: Shah

Earlier, speaking at the Convention, Shah said Lok Sabha polls will be a battle of two ideologies. He said his party stands for cultural nationalism and development of poor, while the rivals have come together merely for power, reports PTI. In his inaugural address at the party's convention at Ramlila Maidan, Shah said the opposition's grand alliance, which he added has no policy and programme, enjoyed no nationwide influence.
The BJP had defeated each one of them in the 2014 general elections, he added.  Shah said his party will win more Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh than it did in 2014. The Bharatiya Janata Party had won 71 seats from the state that sends 80 Lok Sabha MPs to the lower house.
Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were present at the convention.

You can watch and listen to Amit Shah's speech at the BJP meet here

PM Modi interacts with booth workers in Tamil Nadu

Opposition has shown only lip sympathy towards quota bill: Shah

Tearing into the Opposition parties, Amit Shah on Friday said that "they" have shown only lip sympathy towards the quota bill that has been passed in the Parliament. Shah said the Modi government has "fulfilled" the dreams of crores of youths with 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor, and described the constitution amendment bill as one of the most important legislations passed by Parliament. 

Shah says BJP government started NRC to identify illegal migrants

Shah says the BJP government brought NRC under Sarbananda Sonowal's government in Assam. "NRC is a system to identify illegal migrants in India. In Assam alone, 40 lakh such migrants were identified in the first stage," he said.

Shah lauds OROP pension scheme by Modi govt

Shah attacks Congress, says 'Chowkidar' will not spare any thief

While referring to money laundering accused Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi, Amit Shah said the Congress keeps asking questions that why these people ran away. "I want to assure the people of this country that this Chowkidar will not spare any thief. We have such effective laws that we will catch and bring them back," he said.

2019 is a decisive battle for BJP: Shah to party workers

Speaking at Ramlila Maidan, Shah said 2019 is a decisive battle for BJP. He gave the example of Marathas saying they won 131 battles but lost one in Panipat and had to go through 200 years of slavery.

Shah says BJP govt made surgical strikes possible

"There were only two countries which were expert at surgical strikes- US and Israel. Under PM Modi's leadership, we have joined them," said Shah while claiming that for the first time, Indian Army avenged the death of soldiers under BJP government.

Amit Shah lashes out at SP-BSP alliance, says UP ‘gathbandhan’ a big fraud

Terming the alliance between SP and BSP a big fraud, BJP chief Amit Shah said the Opposition will not be able to defeat Modi ji in 2019 elections. He said that in Uttar Pradesh, he is in constant touch with the state unit can confidently say that the number of seats the party wins this time can become 74, but will not decrease to 72. He also said that there is no leader as popular as PM Modi in the entire world. He took a jibe at SP leader Akhilesh Yadav and  BSP chief Mayawati for trying to put up an alliance that will "perish".

Shah says 'Composition Plan' a big decision for millions of small businessmen and small industries

BJP will increase its tally in Lok Sabha: Shah

Exuding confidence at the BJP National Executive meet, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said 2019 elections are essential for 'Vikas'. He said BJP will continue to form government under PM Modi's leadership this year.  Targeting Congress, Shah said the Congress ignored the country for 70 years. 

Shah lauds PM Modi for Reservation Bill

While speaking at the BJP National Convention, party chief Amit Shah said that Quota bill was long pending demand of the youths. 

Arun Jaitley, LK Advani also present at BJP National Executive Council meeting

Among the prominent guests present at the meet are- BJP veteran LK Advani, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and EAM Sushma Swaraj, and senior party leader Murali Manohar Joshi

PM Modi, Amit Shah arrive for BJP National Executive meet

The BJP National Executive Meet is taking place at Ramlila Maidan.

Council meet to begin at 3.45 pm

The event is scheduled to begin at 3.45 pm with the hoisting of the tricolour at the grounds. 

'Social justice' project to be highlighted during council meet

According to party sources, the Modi government's measures, like granting constitutional status to the OBC Commission and strengthening the law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals, are likely to be highlighted and projected as part of its "social justice" project. "The Modi government has empowered every section of society. The party will naturally talk at length about it," sources said.

All eyes on quota Bill to improve BJP's poll prospects

Parliament's approval of a bill providing 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for economically weaker sections in the general category has boosted the saffron party's morale after it suffered a blow in the recent assembly polls where it lost power in all three states it ruled. The BJP believes that the bill, which will come into force after getting the President's nod, will consolidate its core vote of upper castes in the Hindi-speaking states and also strengthen its appeal among political significant communities like Jats, Patidars and Marathas, among others.

Amit Shah chalks out 2-day meet's agenda

On Thursday, a meeting of BJP general secretaries chaired by Amit Shah was held to deliberate on the party's agenda for the council's meeting.

Who are expected at the meet?

The party has invited its all elected members, ranging from those in local elections to its MPs, besides organisational leaders from across the country, for the meeting.

Will Ram Temple issue be discussed in council meet?

Senior BJP leaders chose to remain tight-lipped on whether the Ram temple issue will find a mention in the meeting but some delegates said that the party may refer to it amid demands by Hindutva organisations, including its ideological parent RSS, for a law to construct a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Political, economical resolutions likely to be passed

Two resolutions, one on political issues and another on the economy, are likely to be passed during the meeting. A highlight of the political resolution will be the BJP-led government’s achievements in the social sector, as the passage of the constitutional amendment providing 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the general category has boosted the party’s morale following poll defeats in the Hindi heartland.

BJP to analyse Modi government's achievements

During the two-day convention, themed ‘Abki baar phir Modi Sarkar’, BJP leaders are expected to discuss the Modi government's achievements in the last four-and-half-years and chalk out a strategy to defeat the Congress.

BJP set for mega meet in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan

The BJP is ready to set the tone for its campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with its two-day National Executive meeting at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan from today. Around 12,000 workers from across the country are expected to gather for the event which will be inaugurated by party chief Amit Shah and concluded with an address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Follow our live blog for all latest updates.

Pointing out that the reservation bill will be the biggest assembly of party workers in recent times, head of BJP’s media cell Anil Baluni said the workers will get “clarity on the message” the party wants to communicate to voters. “This is the first government that thought about forward castes in Independent India. So, this will be a major achievement for the party,” BJP national vice-president Prabhat Jha had told The Indian Express. Leaders said the Bill, which has been passed by both houses of Parliament and is expected to get the presidential nod soon, is expected to boost the party’s image among the upper caste support base that was dented due to the legislative intervention to strengthen the SC/ST Act.

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