Addressing the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP)National Executive meeting saturday, PM Modi remembered the former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying, “This is the first National Convention without Atal Ji.” He also said that the Quota bill introduced by the government ‘is brought to ensure equality’.
Attacking the Congress party, PM Modi said, “The government before us pushed the country into darkness. It won’t be wrong if I say that India lost 10 important years (2004-2014) in scams and corruption.”
The two-day event, which began Friday, was organised with an aim to lay final guidelines for thousands of party leaders for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, on the second day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the BJP National Convention said, “We have not had one major terrorist attack in this country after 2014. This government under the leadership of PM Modi has ensured one thing that there shall not be an opportunity for terrorists to disturb the peace.”
The event was inaugurated on Friday by party chief Amit Shah and the Prime Minister, who is to conclude the executive meeting with his valedictory address today.
Apart from the senior BJP leaders, the national convention is attended by BJP national executive council members, national council members, all MPs, MLAs, MLCs, national office-bearers of all morchas among others.
The party convention comes just weeks after the BJP suffered defeats in the Hindi heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
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Earlier, in his inaugural address at the convention, party chief Amit Shah said that the Lok Sabha polls will be a battle of two ideologies. He said his party stands for cultural nationalism and development of poor, while the rivals have come together merely for power.
Attacking the opposition’s grand alliance, Shah said that it has no policy or programme and it neither has any nationwide influence.
In his hour-long address, Shah emphasised on a number of government’s measures- especially those related to security, curbing corruption and welfare programmes for the poor and farmers- and attacked the Congress for the dare to target Modi on the issue of graft when its president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are on bail in a “case of corruption”.
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