SHAH’S POLL CHANT
‘Party is committed to building Ram mandir in Ayodhya’
WITH the inauguration of the two-day BJP national council meeting at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Friday, the BJP officially kickstarted its campaign for 2019 polls. Chants of “Abki baar phir Modi sarkar” reverberated through the grounds as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with BJP president Amit Shah and party veterans LK Advani and
Murli Manohar Joshi lit the ceremonial lamp throwing the convention open. Close to 12,000 of the party’s top functionaries have gathered in Delhi for the meeting.
Party chief launches attack on the Oppn
The party has the world’s most popular, visionary, transparent and hardworking leader in Modi with the opposition having no match to him.
Some battles leave an impact for decades. That is the battle for 2019. The country stands firmly behind Narendra Modi.
AMIT SHAH, BJP CHIEF
Amit Shah in his inaugural address asked everyone pledge to bring back to power a Narendra Modi-led NDA government in this year’s general elections. “Some battles leave an impact for decades. That is the battle for 2019. The country stands firmly behind Narendra Modi. The Opposition, which is driven by individual self-interests, has neither intent nor policy,” he said.
Shah reiterated the party’s commitment to building a Ram temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya and hoped the Supreme Court would pronounce its verdict at the earliest. He accused the Congress of trying to impede the judicial process.
Shah said: “The Opposition is trying to taint us off late. I tell you to go to the people with your head held high. Modi hasn’t done anything wrong. The mother-son duo is out of on bail. Such a man, Rahul, is accusing PM Modi of corruption.”
The BJP chief dismissed the impending alliance of the SP and BSP in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls as an “eyewash”. He claimed the BJP would go on to win 74 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP, one more than its 2014 performance of 73. The party felicitated PM Modi for the historic passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill in Parliament, paving way for 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections among the general category.
The first day of the National Council meeting also saw two resolutions being adopted. Union home minister Rajnath Singh moved the agriculture resolution that listed the government’s farmer-friendly policies, while external affairs Sushma Swaraj moved a resolution for the welfare of the poor.
Shah projected the Lok Sabha polls as a clash of ideologies and likened it to the decisive third battle of Panipat between Marathas and the Afghan army, saying the election results will be equally significant for the country. He also asserted that the BJP wants Ram temple to be constructed at the earliest in Ayodhya, drawing huge applause from thousands of party members, and accused the Congress of creating hurdles in the issue's early resolution in the SC.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Modi will give the valedictory address at the National Council meeting, which will set the saffron party’s agenda for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the mantra that will help it defeat the grand Opposition alliance.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the meet today.