Res­o­lu­tion draws bat­tle lines

Party work­ers ex­horted to draw the ‘right lessons’

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The BJP’s po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion, passed at the na­tional coun­cil meet­ing, hewed to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s speech, cast­ing the Lok Sabha elec­tion as a con­test be­tween an “hon­est and coura­geous leader” and an “op­por­tunis­tic al­liance” of the Op­po­si­tion par­ties whose leader was un­known. It urged work­ers to draw the “right lessons” from the loss in three States in the Assem­bly polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion, passed at the party’s na­tional coun­cil meet­ing here on Satur­day, more or less hewed to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s speech, cast­ing the Lok Sabha elec­tion as a con­test be­tween an “hon­est and coura­geous leader” and an “op­por­tunis­tic al­liance” of Op­po­si­tion par­ties whose leader was un­known.

The res­o­lu­tion ex­horted party work­ers to draw the “right lessons” from the loss in three States in the re­cently held Assem­bly polls, and spoke in de­tail of the “in­sta­bil­ity” in­her­ent in an Op­po­si­tion al­liance if it was elected to power. “Choice is be­tween sta­bil­ity or in­sta­bil­ity, be­tween an hon­est and coura­geous leader, and a lead­er­less op­por­tunis­tic al­liance, (strong) gov­ern­ment or a (help­less) gov­ern­ment,” the party said in the doc­u­ment.

ma­j­boot ma­j­boor Ex­em­plary record

“All the BJP State gov­ern­ments have given an ex­em­plary record of de­vel­op­ment and good gov­er­nance. We shall surely draw the right lessons, but surely this will serve as an in­spi­ra­tion for party work­ers and cadre to work with re­newed vigour in the Lok Saha elec­tion,” the res­o­lu­tion said.

The res­o­lu­tion was in­tro­duced by Union min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari, with Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley, De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath speak­ing in sup­port of it. While Ms. Sithara­man spoke of the se­cu­rity scene in the coun­try, which she said had vastly im­proved un­der the Modi gov­ern­ment, with no se­ri­ous terror at­tack in the four-and-a-half years, Mr. Jait­ley told party work­ers to look at the up­com­ing con­test on the is­sue of lead­er­ship, which, he said, was the ma­jor ad­van­tage of the BJP.

“The Op­po­si­tion can­not com­pete with the BJP on lead­er­ship, per­for­mance or ide­ol­ogy, so they say they will try to fight us through al­liances. If each worker de­cides that the elec­tion would be fought on the is­sue of lead­er­ship, no force in the world can defeat us,” Mr. Jait­ley said.

“We have to con­trol the nar­ra­tive of the elec­tions. We will set the agenda of the Lok Sabha polls. I urge you to pro­ceed in that di­rec­tion as there is not even a sin­gle mis­take [of the gov­ern­ment] that may force you to back down,” he said.

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