Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah will meet the Chief Ministers and deputy CMs of BJP ruled states in Delhi today, according to ANI. This meeting is being called upon to stock take stock of development and social welfare work that is being done. Earlier in the month, after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joined hands with BJP to form a government in the state, a report by Bloomberg stated that Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) now controls 18 of 29 states, which represents 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
According to a PTI report, 13 Chief Ministers along with 6 deputy CMs and a few cabinet ministers are likely to attend the meeting. This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third meeting with the Chief Ministers ever since he came into power as PM in 2014. This will be the first meeting after Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal United (NDA) formally joined NDA. According to party sources, “the discussions in the meeting are expected to revolve around implementation of the Centre’s flagship schemes in the states and development works being done there.” The chief ministers in today meeting are likely to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective governments.
The meeting is being organised just days after Shah unfolded the blueprint for 2019 elections, which may also feature in the discussions. Shah had asked party leaders to focus on about 120 winnable seats which party lost in 2014 elections and is aiming for more than 350 in the next general elections, according to PTI.