BJP National Executive Meet: The top leadership of the party met in Delhi.
New Delhi: At a key meeting of the BJP today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on the Congress and BJP chief Amit Shah declared that the party will rule for another 50 years. "PM Modi told party workers that we must strengthen the party at booth-level and we must win in every booth," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media after the two-day national executive meeting. Ahead of the next year's assembly elections, the strategy session focussed on censuring the opposition. The national executive comes as the government is facing opposition challenge over a number of issues, including the fuel price hike and Assam citizens' list.
Here are the top 10 points of what the BJP said in its National Executive
"Those who were a failure in government are a failure in opposition," said Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Our performance of 48 months will be judged against their (Congress') performance of 48 years," the Prime Minister said.
"We will win 2019 and no one will be able to remove us for 50 years," Mr Prasad quoted BJP chief Amit Shah as saying.
Calling a second term for the BJP government "guaranteed", Union minister Prakash Javadekar launched a sharp attack on the opposition saying, it does not have "neta, neeti and rann neeti (leader, ideology or strategy). Even after four years in power, PM Modi's approval rating is more than 70 per cent, he said.
PM Modi has "vision, passion and imagination" and the government's win in 2019 elections is guaranteed," Prakash Javadekar said. PM Modi, he said, has maintained a "70 per cent popularity rate" because he "interacts directly with the people".
Asked about the spike in petrol and diesel prices, Mr Javadekar sidestepped the question. The rate of inflation during UPA's tenure was 10 per cent while now it is less than five per cent, he said.
The BJP national executive meeting is being held after nearly a year. Over the coming months the party will be facing elections in three states - Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- and the general elections next year. A fourth state, Telangana, is also likely to go to polls at the same time.
Delivering the inaugural address, BJP chief Amit Shah yesterday alleged that the opposition was providing financial support to "urban Naxals" and backing those accused of conspiring to kill PM Modi.
Quoting the party chief, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said he praised Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his action against the activists allegedly linked with Bhima Koregaon case.
A political resolution was presented by home minister Rajnath Singh reaffirming the party's commitment to build "New India by 2022". The party said the opposition's plan to defeat BJP in 2019 is a "day dream".
This was the first national executive meeting held since the BJP was formed in 1980 without Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died last month. The party has planned a series of programmes in his memory.