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.
BJP's two-day National Executive Council meeting will begin today at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan. Get latest updates here
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
Because of PM's strong will, everyone has a bank account today: Sushma Swaraj
EAM S Swaraj at BJP National Convention, Delhi: When we came to power in 2014, 1/3 of population didn’t have bank account.When PM noticed it,he ordered banks to go to ppl&open a zero balance bank account. It's because of our PM's strong will that everyone has a bank account today pic.twitter.com/9umlV4CsG5— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019
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
2019 का चुनाव भारत के 50 करोड़ गरीबों के लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है।— BJP (@BJP4India) January 11, 2019
स्टार्टअप को लेकर निकले युवा के लिए ये चुनाव महत्वपूर्ण है।
गरीब माता को अपनी कुटिया में धुएं से मुक्ति के लिए ये महत्वपूर्ण है।
दुनिया में रह रहे करोड़ों भारतीयों के लिए ये चुनाव महत्वपूर्ण है: श्री @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/jliMtkE12L
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.
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
जवानों को 'वन रैंक, वन पेंशन' देकर नरेंद्र मोदी सरकार ने उन्हें सम्मान देने का काम किया है। हमारी सरकार ने गोली का जवाब गोले से दिया है। मोदी सरकार ने देश की सुरक्षा को सुनिश्चित करने का काम किया है : श्री @AmitShah https://t.co/EAM4V1JBY6 #AbkiBaarPhirModiSarkar pic.twitter.com/Qw44NAIKnb— BJP (@BJP4India) January 11, 2019
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.
2019 is a decisive battle for @BJP4India and people here, says Amit Shah. Reminded workers that Marathas won 131 battles but lost one in Panipat and had to go through 200 years of slavery @IndianExpress— Liz Mathew (@MathewLiz) January 11, 2019
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 President Amit Shah at the two-day BJP National Convention at Ramlila Maidan, Delhi: Traders who accept composition plan with turnover of up to 1.5 crore will have to pay only 1% tax. This is a big decision for millions of small businessmen and small industries pic.twitter.com/NDH9NeHV6V— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019
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.