Modi, Shah set to take stock with 14 BJP CMs

AS­SESS­MENT The CMs of BJP­ruled states have been asked to present the sta­tus of im­ple­men­ta­tion of cen­tral schemes tar­geted at the poor

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Ku­mar Ut­tam ku­mar.ut­tam@hin­dus­tan­

NEWDELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah have in­vited chief min­is­ters of states ruled by the saf­fron party to the cap­i­tal on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss, among other things, the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous polls to the Lok Sabha and state as­sem­blies.

The two lead­ers will also take stock of the wel­fare mea­sures that BJP gov­ern­ments have taken and if they achieved tar­gets in ex­e­cu­tion of cen­tral pro­grammes such as crop in­sur­ance schemes, loans for young en­trepreneurs, in­creas­ing dig­i­tal trans­ac­tions, and build­ing af­ford­able hous­ing.

Modi will com­plete four years in power in May, and face gen­eral elec­tion to the Lok Sabha next year. In re­cent months, his gov­ern­ment has come in for crit­i­cism over its in­abil­ity to cre­ate jobs, fall­ing farm in­come, and, in Union Bud­get 2018, in­creas­ing the tax outgo for the mid­dle class.

The party has started pre­par­ing early for the na­tional elec­tion and hopes to re­peat its 2014 per­for­mance (when it won 282 seats) in most of the states. The BJP to­day rules 14 states on its own and five more with its al­lies. The deputy chief min­is­ter or se­nior min­is­ters will rep­re­sent al­liance gov­ern­ments at to­mor­row’s meet­ing.

Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s 2019 bid will de­pend on how the BJP per­forms in these states, most of which it has won af­ter the dream run of 2014. Here is a look at how the chief min­is­ters of BJP ruled states –cru­cial to Modi’s 2019 plan – are placed at the mo­ment.

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