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BJP meet to focus on terrorism, agriculture

NEW DELHI, NOV. 1. The Bharatiya Janata Party will place on record, through a resolution to be adopted at the two-day Amritsar national executive committee meeting starting tomorrow, its approval and appreciation of the ``global war against terrorism'' unleashed by the United States and its coalition partners against Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

In fact, the main theme of the political resolution is expected to be the fight against terrorism, and, of course, its implications for India which has been at the receiving end of the Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

A senior party leader said that while condemning terrorism and stating the need to wipe out the menace, the party would take care to point out that terrorism had no religion, and the war against terrorism was by no means to be seen as a war against Islam.

The economic resolution at this meeting will focus on agriculture, especially in relation to the WTO.

The party had set up a committee under the chairmanship of the former Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mr. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, to study the implications of the WTO on agriculture.

Its report is expected to be submitted to the national executive and a discussion will follow, senior party leaders indicated here today. Suggestions are expected to be incorporated in the final resolution to be adopted.

Both terrorism and agriculture are of special significance in Punjab, and it was considered apt that these themes should dominate the resolutions to be adopted there.

Besides, the party will hear reports from various State units. Of special interest will be the reports from the four States which will go for Assembly polls early next year - Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Jammu and Kashmir.

A detailed assessment of the party's prospects in Punjab, especially in relation to the BJP's long-standing alliance with the Akali Dal, is expected to take place.

If not at the full meeting, this could be the subject of discussion when the State presidents and general secretaries meet with central party office-bearers on November 3 afternoon at the end of the two-day meet. A rally of the party's workers in Punjab is also being organised.

Ahead of the meeting tomorrow, the central party office-bearers met here this morning under the chairmanship of party president, Mr. Jana Krishnamurthi.

The two-and-a-half hour meeting discussed the two resolutions and finalised the drafts. Three of the four new office-bearers appointed by Mr. Krishnamurthi only a few days ago - Mr. Sanjay Joshi, new general secretary, Mr. Sukumar Nambiar, treasurer, and Mr. Mansukhbhai Vasava, secretary - attended the meeting, but Mr. Devendra Pradhan, appointed as vice-president, could not attend.

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