PM Modi addresses BJP members at the party's national convention at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.
On the second day of the BJP National Convention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking to nearly 12,000 party members at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan. The party's national convention, months ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, is the "biggest ever" gathering of BJP members which comes in the backdrop of the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties.
Speaking at the national convention on Friday, BJP chief Amit Shah called the 2019 elections a "battle of ideologies" and compared it to the third battle of Panipat between Marathas and the Afghan army fought in the 1761. He dismissed the opposition parties' proposed grand alliance as a farce and said that the alliance is a disparate group that has been brought together by their greed of power.
The convention also passed a resolution on development in rural areas, even as the opposition accused the government of "betraying" farmers amid protests by various farm organisations in different parts of the country.
Here are the highlights from Day 2 of the BJP National Convention:
These people who are forming a "mahagathbandhan" want a "majboor sarkaar" (helpless government), not a "majboot sarkaar" (strong government)
Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal & Chhattisgarh have blocked entry of CBI. What wrong have they done that they're feeling scared? Today they don't accept CBI, tomorrow they won't accept some other institution. Army, Police, Supreme Court, Election Commission, CAG all are wrong, only they are right: PM Modi
In 2007, a Congress minister said I will go to jail within a few months. They even put Amit Shah in jail. But we didn't form a law to stop CBI from entering Gujarat as we had faith in law. These people are levelling allegations on agencies because they're scared: PM Modi
Without depriving others who have been given reservations, the BJP government has given a 10 per cent quota for the economically weak in the general category: PM Modi
10% reservation in education and government service to the poor youth of the general category is going to bring about self-confidence in new India. This are not just reservations but an effort to give a new dimension: PM Modi
The BJP government has proved that the country can change for the benefit of the ordinary citizen and that the government can be run without corruption and the middlemen in the corridors of power can be ousted: PM Modi at BJP National Convention
"If Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had become the first prime minister of independent India, the country would've looked a lot different. Similarly, if Atal ji had remained the prime minister after the 2000 election, India would've reached new heights," says PM Modi
In the last four years, the way the BJP government has run, people have now come to believe that if there is any party that can take India to new heights, it's the BJP: PM Modi at BJP National Convention in Delhi
"The government that came before us, pushed the country into darkness. India lost 10 years to scams and corruption in the UPA era. The first 10 years of the 21st century were very important for the nation," says PM Modi
For the first time in the history of the nation, a government has not been accused of corruption, we are proud of this, says PM Modi at BJP National Convention
Today, we have BJP governments at the Centre, and in 16 states we are either running the government or are allies of the government: PM Modi
This is the first national convention of BJP without Atal ji (former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee).
A party that once used to be run from 2 rooms, with 2 parliamentarians is today having a national convention at such a grand scale. This is both wonderful and unforgettable, says PM Modi
PM Modi addresses BJP National Convention
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at BJP National Convention
"Within 1.5 yrs, UP government has given houses to 18 lakh poor individuals, irrespective of their caste or religion, under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Under Samajwadi Party government, only 63,000 houses were built in 5 years of rule."
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at BJP National Convention
"We have not had one major terrorist attack in this country after 2014. This government under the leadership of PM Modi has ensured one thing that there shall not be an opportunity for terrorists to disturb peace."
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari At BJP National Convention
"Non-performance and corruption were the features of the previous government. But after we came to power, good governance, ease of business and development has been delivered by PM Modi and our government in 4.5 years, just as we promised in our manifesto"