NEW DELHI: BJP chief Amit Shah this morning thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for resolving the Doklam standoff with China and praised Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj for her speech attacking Pakistan over terrorism at the United Nations General Assembly on the weekend, as he highlighted the BJP government’s achievements at a meeting of the party’s national executive in Delhi. About 2,500 members of the ruling party, including 13 Chief Ministers and all its elected lawmakers – 1,400 legislators and 280 parliamentarians – are attending today’s meet, Day 2 of the national executive.
1.PM Modi, who is attending the entire day-long meet at the capital’s Talkatora Stadium, will speak this evening and is expected to counter critics of his government’s economic policies and address worries over jobs and a slowdown in economic growth.
2.Amit Shah, in his opening address, attacked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on dynastic politics in the US last week, saying the BJP believes in the politics of performance while the Congress banks on the “politics of appeasement and dynasty”, pointing out that the current President, Vice President and PM Modi have reached their positions due to their hard work, despite their humble origins.
3.Mr Shah said the BJP government led by PM Modi demonstrated patience, perseverance and confident politics in its resolution of the Doklam standoff with China. He also praised the government on its handling of Naxalism and terrorism in its three years of rule.
4.The BJP chief cited figures to say that the economy is stronger under the BJP-led NDA government than it was under the previous Congress-led UPA government. The opposition has attacked the government, blaming last year’s demonetisation and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the current economic slowdown.
PM Modi is expected to highlight his government’s pro-poor measures and other policy decisions, and also take on the opposition over its criticism of his economic policies.
5.PM Modi, said sources, will highlight his government’s success in boosting transparency and curbing black money, and a party resolution on the economy is expected to hail demonetisation and GST as revolutionary measures taken in national interest and will assert that the economy has been doing better under the BJP-led NDA than it did under the previous Congress-led UPA government.
6.The Prime Minister’s agenda of development will be a key feature. The PM’s address is also expected to provide broad guidelines on how the party can revitalise its connect with the people.
7.A political resolution will be adopted with a roadmap for crucial state elections ahead and then the 2019 national election, party sources said. Strategy for elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh later this year is expected to be discussed.
8.Sources said the party decided to open its convention to the media after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP’s ideological parent, alerted it about signs of a shift in public mood over the government’s performance. Even some of the Sangh’s economic fronts have announced a protest in November to flag the BJP-led government’s failures.
9.The BJP’s national executive is usually a closed-door meeting attended by about 120 top leaders. Today’s meeting, however, is being called an “extended” National Executive as the party wraps up year-long celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of its founder Deendayal Upadhyaya. It is also for the first time that the BJP’s legislators and lawmakers have been invited for the meet.