THE STAGE is set for the BJP National Council. Party flags line the roads of the city, huge posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, party chief ministers and party idealogue Deendayal Upadhyay welcome delegates, and the stage is decorated with Kerala’s indigenous art forms. But the Uri terror attack has cast a shadow, as there is uncertainty about the programme.
Party sources said the tension at the border and the high-level meetings at the Centre have left the organisers unsure about the final schedule. And amid the calls for action against Pakistan, from both party leaders and cadres, top leaders are also mulling over the wording of the political resolution, to be approved at the National Council meeting on Sunday.
A party general secretary said the political resolution would certainly have a reference to the Uri attack, Pakistan and Kashmir. All eyes are on Modi’s speech at a rally on Kozhikode beach on Saturday, his first public address since the Uri attack on September 18.
The Uri attack has already forced some changes in the programme.
The time period for the National Council meeting has been shrunk — it will now be held on Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm, with a two-hour lunch break in between. The Prime Minister is likely to address the National Council at 4 pm on Sunday, when he will also launch Deendayal Upadhyay’s birth centenary celebrations.
An office-bearers’ meeting will begin on Friday afternoon and conclude by Saturday.
According to a senior BJP leader, the Prime Minister’s programme is not finalised. “If there is any development at the border, he will have to be in Delhi,” said a general secretary.
Another change post-Uri is that the organisers have added an item to the programme. A play on nationalism, directed by Malayalam film director Ali Akbar, will be staged on Saturday evening.
Sources said while the political resolution will focus on Deendayal Upadhyay’s integral humanism and the government’s proposed and ongoing gareeb kalyan schemes, it will reflect the BJP’s stand on Pakistan and India’s reaction to the Uri attack.
“There could be a demand from the party to take a strong stand on Pakistan, but the resolution is unlikely to refer to military action. The demand could be to isolate Pakistan and continue pressure on it to end its support to terror outfits,” said the leader.
The resolution will also extend the party’s support to the Modi government’s approach on Pakistan and will laud the steps taken by the government — like building pressure at the international level against Islamabad.
Meanwhile, the choice of venue is significant — while the politics in the Malabar region has so far been dominated by the Muslim League and Communists, the BJP’s decision is a clear indication of its next focus area.