At the BJP national meet being held at nation’s first Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru’s constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a word of advise for the BJP and it’s leaders. Renovate or reinvent and change with the times, the PM said in his 10-minute speech.
With eye on UP election, the BJP conclave being held at Allahabad, national BJP president Amit Shah gave a call to all the party workers to gear up for the all important UP election, even as discussion outside the conclave among the party workers centred around who could be the chief ministerial face from the party in Uttar Pradesh.
Interestingly, criticising the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Shah also raked up the issue of Jawahar Bagh incident of Mathura and exodus from Kairana, as was earlier raised by the MP from there Hukkum Singh. He said that the situation in the state was a matter of concerned and exhorted the party workers to toil hard as the people have made up their mind to bring the BJP government in the state. UP’s development will pave the development of the state, Shah further said.
Media reports about Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh likely to be either projected as CM face or election committee in charge as of now seemingly are without any corroboration. A senior BJP leader from the state, who is close Rajnath Singh trying to clear doubts among the people if any said: “As far as I know Rajnath ji and his politics, he can become the Chief Minister, if the party has the requisite number, he will never like to become the CM face of the party.” What if BJP didn’t fare well, he quipped to cite reason behind Rajnath Singh unlikely becoming the CM face of election committee in charge.
Interestingly, the national executive even though would draft a roadmap to assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh, discussion on a CM candidate or UP specific election roadmap was very unlikely as such issues are decided in Parliamentary Board, a BJP leader said.
On the first day of the two-day conclave, the BJP passed a economic resolution and claimed that the country was on the path of development despite several hiccups.
The party is also likely to pass resolution on organisation, which is again a departure from earlier national executives. Who knows, the PM might be talking of reinventing the party with changing times like this only, a state BJP leader said. The national executive meet is being attended by senior leaders like Lal Krishna Advani, who along with Dr Murli Manohar Joshi is presently in the “margdarshak mandal” of the party. Adding to the list, chief ministers of the BJP ruled states, former chief ministers are attending the two-day conclave.
Recently inducted in the natioanal executive council and turncoat former chief minister of Uttarakhand Vijay Bahuguna is also attending the conclave. Also now in the list of national executive council members if former UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai, a decision seen as party’s bid to keep Brahmin voters in good humour. The party strategists had the inkling that the Brahmins were feeling alienated ever since Bajpai was replaced by an OBC leader and Allahabad’s adjoining LS constituency member Keshav Prasad Maurya.
It was probably to arrest this discontentment that the BJP chose to nominate former UP cabinet minister Shiv Pratap Shukla as the Rajya Sabha nominee from UP. Shukla managed to win the seat by getting 36 votes.
On Monday, the Prime Minister is scheduled to address a public rally at Parade ground marking the end of the two-day national executive meeting. Earlier, the PM arrived in Allahabad at around 3.30pm and went to visit the Allahabad High Court, which is celebrating 150 years of its establishment. At Allahabad High Court, he was welcomed by acting chief justice VK Shukla along with other senior judges and legal luminaries. The PM spent about an hour at the high court.