After BJP chief Amit Shah was panned for leaving his Kerala yatra midway, it has emerged that he had to rush to Delhi after being called there by PM Narendra Modi. A high-level meet is now underway at Prime Minister Modi’s residence. PM Modi is holding a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president too is there, according to CNN News 18. The economic slowdown is on the agenda, reportedly. Sources said a major announcement is expected post the meeting, as per CNN News 18.
Earlier, leaving the BJP’s ambitious Jan Raksha Yatra mid-way in Kerala, the party president Amit Shah returned back to Delhi on Tuesday. According to the Indian Express report, Shah is unlikely to take part in the march (padyatra) on Thursday, which is scheduled to pass through Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s hometown. With Shah’s return to Delhi, the local BJP leaders were left red-faced. Earlier, Shah had claimed that he will take his fight into Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s hometown, as per IANS.
BJP Kerala state president Rajasekharan confirmed that Shah had to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi. Hundreds of party workers, led by the state unit chief, are participating in the march that entered the third day today. On October 3, Shah had launched a 15-day yatra from Payyannur in Kannur against the alleged “red and jihadi terrorism” under the CPI(M)-led LDF rule in Kerala, as per PTI.
Some state BJP leaders blamed it on “bad planning” while others described the curtailing of the trip as “rescheduling” and added that Shah will be present on the last day of the campaign, according to IE report. Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, had led the yatra and accused the Left party of promoting “jihadi terrorism.”
Yesterday, PM Modi lashed out at critics of his economic policies, saying that the Indian economy was on firm footing. PM Modi said, “I will not jeopardise the future of the country for my present gains.” He added that the government would focus on structural reforms rather than giving doles to win praises. The government will continue the reforms and will not hesitate to take decisions to reverse the GDP slowdown that was witnessed in last two quarters, he added.