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BJP’s last national council before Lok Sabha polls begins today

The national council will also discuss and pass resolutions on the economic and political situation in the country.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Jan 11, 2019, 10.00 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: BJP will hold its last national council meeting before the Lok Sabha elections at the Ramlila Maidan here starting Friday.

The two-day meet will be held on an unprecedented scale with around 10,000 party office-bearers from across the country charting out the roadmap for the poll campaign with the top brass.

Party sources said the conclave will focus on the broad strategy of winning the Lok Sabha elections and have “Ek baar phir Modi sarkar” (Modi government once more) as the theme. BJP office bearers from the top to the state, district and panchayat level have been invited to attend the national council. Party MPs from both the houses, all MLAs, MLCs in states, and all mayors from the BJP across the country will participate in the event.

Usually only around 2,500 BJP leaders take part in the annual national council meet. The impending general elections, a buoyant opposition and the recent assembly election defeats have also led the party to get the rank and file into election mode through this conclave. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend most of his time on Friday and Saturday at the venue. He will make the valedictory address to the party on Saturday where a message on not leaving anything to chance in the elections will be given. BJP chief Amit Shah will deliver the inaugural address on Friday afternoon.

The national council will also discuss and pass resolutions on the economic and political situation in the country. The constitutional amendment to give 10% reservation to the economically backward is the latest move by the party to reach out to its core upper caste vote base, which has been disillusioned for the past few months. This segment of voters was antagonised due to the problems in Goods and Services Tax implementation, demonetisation, lack of job creation, and BJP’s increasing focus on wooing Dalit and OBC voters. The electoral losses in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have come as a wake-up call to the party to win back the core voter.

BJP will also highlight the Ram temple commitment, surgical strike and other issues to whip up nationalist sentiments to defeat the opposition as its development plank may not be sufficient to get it past the winning pole.
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