The main focus of the BJP President, Amit Shah’s address at the party’s national executive meeting was the Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi and his remarks about dynastic politics during his US lecture tour. Shah questioned Gandhi’s move to attack the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and slammed his remarks during his trip.
The Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who briefed the media on Shah’s address, said he had announced the party’s plans to go aggressive against ‘violent politics’ in Kerala. The party is holding a campaign from October 3 -17 during which all the top leaders will visit the state to take part.
According to Goyal, Shah attacked Gandhi and gave ‘a befitting reply with facts’ on his criticism of Modi and his development. Sixty crore poor people have directly benefited from the pro-poor welfare schemes, he pointed out.
Against Gandhi’s dynasty politics remarks, Shah said in the BJP it was always ‘good governance and politics of performance’ that help its leaders to go up. Taking on Gandhi for his ‘appeasement politics’ remark, Shah said, according to Goyal: ‘The BJP rejects appeasement politics and dynasty politics.’
When asked why BJP leaders kept taking up . Gandhi’s comments, Goyal said: “Rahul Gandhi’s leadership is of our interest. The longer Rahul Gandhi practices his politics it’s better for theBJP.’
The Prime Minister is expected to make an attempt to allay fears about lack of job creation while the party will lay down a roadmap for its political journey to face the coming state elections and the 2019 LokSabha polls at the meeting. The BJP is set to hold the ‘extended national executive’ meeting in New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium on the birth anniversary of DeendayalUpadhyay.
Party sources said while Modi is expected to assure people that by 2019, the economy will be in a ‘healthy’ condition the resolution will applaud the two crucial measures taken by the BJP-led government - demonetization and GST.
According to a senior leader, the speeches at the conclave and the resolution would emphasize that these two measures have put the country on the path of progress, correcting the past mistakes. Modi, who will deliver the valedictory address, may use the opportunity to highlight his government’s pro-poor measures.
The government and party have come under criticism for what is being termed as jobless growth as well as the steep increase in fuel prices. Some economists and Opposition parties have also targeted the government for demonetization, which, they said, adversely affect the economic growth.
At least three senior BJP leaders have admitted that the ruling party has been facing questions and concerns from workers across the country over fuel prices, the demonetization impact and the government’s failure to produce the promised jobs. ‘But we are confident that people still have trust in Modi and the government will be able to come out of it in flying colours. At the end of the term, what we would deliver is corruption-free and transparent governance and we would have considerable success in our fight against black money also,’ added the BJP leader.