SHAH’S POLL CHANT

‘Party is com­mit­ted to build­ing Ram mandir in Ay­o­d­hya’

Mail Today - - FRONT PAGE - By Poulomi Saha in New Delhi

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.

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