BJP National Executive meeting: Party focuses on 2022 polls and West Bengal, lauds PM Modi’s leadership

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Updated: November 08, 2021 8:52 AM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tabled the 18-point political resolution which touched upon various landmark initiatives taken by the Modi government. 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tabled the 18-point political resolution which touched upon various landmark initiatives taken by the Modi government. 

The political resolution adopted at the BJP’s National Executive meeting, held after two years, lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership while accusing the Opposition of opportunism and acting with a mindset of “extreme hate”.

In the party’s first national executive meeting after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and held in hybrid mode, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tabled the 18-point political resolution which touched upon various landmark initiatives taken by the Modi government.

Lauding the prime minister over issues like handling of the COVID situation and the inoculation drive, stand on climate change and the recent reduction of the excise duty on petrol and diesel, the resolution predicted a big win for the BJP in the upcoming assembly polls in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

Sharing the details of the resolution, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the resolution specifically mentions that “we shall ensure the party’s victory in upcoming assembly elections”. There is positive, energetic and unconditional support from the national executive to ensure the party’s victory in upcoming assembly elections, she said.

Meanwhile, BJP president JP Nadda set an ambitious target of having booth committees at all polling stations in the country by December this year and “panna committees” responsible for each page of voters’ list by April next year, while asserting that the party’s best is yet to come.

Addressing the BJP’s national executive, Nadda also reached out to Sikhs, who are in majority in poll-bound Punjab that is the most affected by the anti-agri law protests, by listing a number of measures the Modi government has taken for the community.

“No one has done as much work as our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has done in the interest of Sikh brothers,” he said and mentioned steps like FCRA registration given to Golden temple in Amritsar, opening up of Kartarpur corridor, removal of names of 314 Sikhs from the black list and expediting action against 1984 riots accused.

Taking a strong note of political violence in TMC-ruled West Bengal against BJP workers, Nadda said, “I want to make it clear through the party’s national executive that we are not going to sit quietly. We will fight a decisive battle for the party workers democratically in Bengal and lotus will bloom in the state.”

Specifically naming the five states where the party has never tasted power on its own – Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal – Nadda said, “The states where BJP has not come to power till now, (the party) will try its best and is committed to form the government in these states.”

Sharing the details of Nadda’s speech, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters that he underlined the party’s performance in West Bengal assembly polls and the substantial growth in the party’s vote share compared to the 2016 assembly elections, and 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

He said there are very few parallels in Indian politics to the BJP’s growth in West Bengal. Setting new organisation targets for the BJP’s expansion, according to Pradhan, Nadda announced the party will constitute booth level committees at all 10.40 lakh polling stations in the country by December 25 this year and have “panna committees”, a reference to each page of voters’ list, in each constituency by April 6.

“The entire exercise is aimed at taking the party penetration deeper and further strengthening its roots on the ground,” Pradhan said. He said the executive hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effective leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, administering of over 100 crore vaccination doses and providing free food grains to 80 crore poor people.

He said that Nadda noted that this is the largest food programme in human history. Citing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Pradhan said the executive lauded Modi for his foresight of enacting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which aims at providing citizenship to minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in some neighbouring countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP members to become a “bridge of faith” between the party and the common man and expressed confidence that the BJP will win the trust of people in the upcoming assembly polls in five states.

Addressing the valedictory session of the BJP’s national executive, Modi stressed that the BJP runs on the values of “Sewa, Sanklap aur Samparan (service, resolution and commitment)” and “does not revolve around a family”, urging its members to work for people, Yadav said quoting the prime minister.

(With PTI inputs)

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