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BJP national executive meeting | Best yet to come for BJP: Nadda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated with a garland by BJP leaders during party's national executive meeting at NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi on November 7, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

BJP’s national executive meeting, being held after a period of two years and the first after a new executive was set up by current president J.P. Nadda, kept the upcoming Assembly polls front and centre of its agenda. Mr. Nadda set targets to strengthen the party’s organisational reach in poll-bound States and gave a pep talk to leaders on how the “best was yet to come”.

Briefing reporters on Mr. Nadda’s speech, Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan said new goals were set before the organisation by the national president. “The party will constitute booth level committees at all 10.40 lakh polling stations by December 25 this year and have ‘panna committees’, in reference to each page of voters’ list by April 6,” said Mr. Pradhan.

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The upcoming Assembly polls and the effect of contemporary events on them was very much a part of Mr. Nadda’s speech, with the Minister reaching out to the Sikh community. He listed a number of measures the Modi government has taken for the community, including expediting action against 1984 riots accused, facilitating foreign grants to gurudwaras and keeping langars outside the purview of the Goods and Services Tax. Sikhs are members of the many farmers organisations currently protesting against the three contentious farm laws.

Managing pandemic

Mr Pradhan said the executive hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effective leadership during the COVID pandemic, 100 crore vaccination drive and for providing free foodgrains to 80 crore poor people.

Mr. Nadda also lauded the party on its growth in West Bengal, where the party failed to win power in Assembly polls earlier this year. “If one looks at its growth in the State [West Benga] from the political science perspective, then there will be very few parallels of it in Indian political history,” Mr. Nadda said.

 

He added that the party would stand “like a rock” with party workers who were at the receiving end of political violence in West Bengal; “we will fight back democratically, the party has decided,” Mr. Pradhan quoted Mr. Nadda as saying.

According to Mr. Pradhan, Mr Nadda said if one looks at the BJP’s vote share in the 2014 Assembly elections and the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, and compared them with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and 2021 Assembly polls, it shows substantial growth of the BJP in the State.

Citing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Mr. Pradhan said the executive lauded Mr. Modi for his foresight of enacting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which aims at providing citizenship to minorities in some neighbouring countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Political resolution

Following Mr. Nadda’s speech, Chief Minister of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath tabled the BJP’s political resolution, touching various landmark initiatives taken by the Modi government.

Sharing the details of the resolution, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the the document specifically mentions that “we shall ensure the party’s victory in upcoming Assembly elections”. BJP’s Tamil Nadu president Annamalai seconded the political resolution.

The resolution condemned the Opposition’s “opportunistic” politics and its attempts to create fear during the pandemic. It also lauded the Modi government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in terms of the vaccination drive but also measures like providing foodgrains to a population of 80 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid mode with State leaders attending virtually including senior leaders like L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. All members had to register digitally for the conference, and of the 346 members in the national executive, 342 were attending.


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