BJP National Executive Meet LIVE: We Are Duty Bound to Build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Says Amit Shah
At the BJP’s two-day national executive, the party will lay down the final guidelines for thousands of leaders for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Modi government's "social justice" plank with its outreach to Dalits, backward classes and general category is likely to be a key theme at the meeting as the party looks to set the tone for its Lok Sabha poll campaign.
BJP president Amit Shah inaugurated the meeting, the biggest ever for its national council with the party expecting participation of close to 12,000 members. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the concluding speech on Saturday, laying down the agenda for the general elections. Sources said the council may pass three resolutions, highlighting the government's "successes" on various fronts ranging from economy to social justice and also dwell at length on the prevailing political scenario.
Senior BJP leaders were tight-lipped on whether the Ram temple issue will find a mention in the meeting but some delegates said that the party may refer to it amid demands by Hindutva organisations, including its ideological parent RSS, for a law to construct a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The party has invited its all elected members, ranging from those in local elections to its MPs, besides organisational leaders from across the country, for the meeting.
A meeting of BJP general secretaries chaired by Shah was held Thursday to deliberate on the party's agenda for the council's meeting. Parliament's approval of a bill providing 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker sections in the general category has boosted the saffron party's morale after it suffered a blow in the recent assembly polls where it lost power in all three states it ruled.