NDA chief ministers to meet today

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Mar 28 | Updated: Mar 30 2008, 03:15am hrs
Aiming to formulate a cohesive strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections this year, the BJP leadership has called a meeting of chief ministers of NDA-ruled states on Saturday.

Besides nine chief ministers from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and

Rajasthan, party presidents of BJP, JD(U), SAD, JD(Biju) and Shiv Sena will also attend the meeting being convened at senior leader LK Advanis residence.

All the chief ministers have been asked to come with presentations on the issues of governance and development in their respective states. But a separate presentation by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is expected to be the highlight of the meeting, despite many of the chief ministers, particularly Rajashtan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, having already expressed reservations in adopting the Gujarat model. In his presentation Modi would be sharing his experiences in stupendously defending his government last December with his counterparts in the election-bound states, sources in the BJP said.

Advani, it is believed, has also suggested chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to identify previous poll promises, which the state governments have so far failed to fulfill and suggest ways and means to meet them in the next six months, as election are scheduled for October-November this year.