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BJP Parl Board meet on Friday to take stock of poll preparedness
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BJP Parl Board meet on Friday to take stock of poll preparedness

New Delhi, Mar 8 : As the Election Commission is likely to announce the poll dates in the next few days, the BJP parliamentary body, the party's highest decision making body, is expected to meet on Friday here to review preparedness and campaign strategies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the meeting which would be presided over by party president Amit Shah. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is party's head of the publicity committee for the fast approaching general elections held a meeting with various spokespersons and important party leaders and Union Ministers.

Post Pulwama terror strike and strong retaliation from the Air Force, the BJP poll strategists believe that the developments and apt handling of things by the Modi government ensuring virtual isolation of Pakistan has given a push to party's well known plank of nationalism. The Parliamentary Board will discuss a range of issues and draw up plans to highlight party's achievements especially aftermath Pulwama attack and February 26 Air Force strike.

On the face of scathing criticism from Congress against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rafale row, the BJP on Thursday stepped up attack on the grand old party saying there is already "revulsion" against Rahul Gandhi's party for the leaders questioning the authenticity of the aerial strike that destroyed terror camps at Balakot in Pakistan.

"The Congress party in last few days through statements (on Pulwama attack and Air Force strike) of their senior leaders has boxed themselves into a corner. They are getting high TRP in Pakistan but there is revulsion as far as domestic opinion in India is concerned,' Mr Jaitley has told reporters.

Meanwhile, subjected to criticism from journalist bodies and also political opponents, the government on Thursday also asserted that while freedom of press ought to be upheld there cannot be any compromise on matters concerning national security.

".............even the framers of the Constitution have said that the national security is an exception and that has never been challenged in the 72 years (since Independence)," Mr Jaitley has said amid hints that the government could prosecute a leading media house for publishing papers/documents those were 'confidential' in nature and were related to national security and the Ministry of Defence.UNI