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BJP ministers to bat for party on burning issues

Sources said the party brass felt the government and BJP view on crucial issues is not being conveyed to the requisite extent.

Sep 06, 2018, 07.39 AM IST
BJP party flag behind PM Narendra Modi's picture.
Faced with an opposition onslaught through the press and social media, BJP has decided to field its senior union ministers to bat more effectively and regularly for the government on burning issues.

BJP chief Amit Shah had held a meeting with senior ministers on Tuesday to discuss the strategy for getting across the party view to the masses through the press and counter the slamming from the opposition on various issues.

The meeting was attended by Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani, BJP general secretaries Bhupendra Yadav and Arun Singh, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, party Media Convenor Anil Baluni and coconvenor Sanjay Mayukh.

Sources said the party brass felt the government and BJP view on crucial issues is not being conveyed to the requisite extent. The party has been fielding spokesperson Sambhit Patra to slam Congress president Rahul Gandhi on a daily basis while Jaitley has taken on the main opposition on issues through his blog postings.

But Union ministers were pressed into service only on special occasions. BJP spokespersons have been functional mostly as party panellists in debates on news channels but find less space in the print media.

Congress has upped the ante on social media and through its senior leaders, putting BJP on the defensive. Mainly the Congress has launched a relentless attack on issues including the Rafale fighter planes deal, the Centre’s efforts in dealing with Kerala floods, and the Bhima-Koregaon arrests.

Sangh fountainhead RSS has also been targeted by the Congress on several counts with Gandhi even comparing it to the Islamic Brotherhood.

“The ministers who attended the meeting are the ones who have been in the forefront in the past in dealing with the media.

They will be visiting the BJP headquarters more often and will also put across the government and BJP view on issues more often on various forums in the coming days,” a senior party leader said.

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