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Eye on state polls, BJP’s national executive meet underway | Key points

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Eye on state polls, BJP’s national executive meet underway | Key points

New Delhi: To strategise for upcoming assembly polls and look into organisational matters that could win them upcoming assembly polls due in the five states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently holding their party’s national executive meeting at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi.

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Several leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal are in attendance and reached the venue earlier today to take part in the meeting. The PM was received by party president JP Nadda.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who was supposed to participate virtually from Lucknow, flew to Delhi to physically attend the meeting.

While other senior party leaders, such as LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, are attending the meeting virtually.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister is expected to address the party leaders present at the meeting.

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Here are the key points from the meeting-

-This is the first meeting of the BJP national executive after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

-It started with the inaugural address of Nadda and will conclude with Prime Minister Modi’s valedictory address around 3 pm.

-During his speech, Nadda hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the “bold decision” of lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic and tackling the ensuing economic challenges.

-The BJP chief also praised the party for having increased the vote share in the recent polls.

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-Nadda stated that PM Modi is the only leader who has ensured the prosperity of farmers in the country by introducing progressive policies and laws for the upliftment of the farmers in India.

-He also listed policies implemented by the Centre in the health and agriculture sectors.

-Nadda mentioned that India in a very short time made the Covid vaccines and also have managed to get 100 crores vaccination done.

-BJP chief JP Nadda cited government measures like action against 1984 riot accused, bringing langars outside GST.

-Nadda says the party’s peak is yet to come, sets targets to expand it further at booth, voters’ list level, said Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

-The meeting is to deliberate on recent by-poll results and decide on the strategy for upcoming Assembly elections.

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-Only 124 senior BJP leaders are present at the NDMC convention center.

-All the CMs and deputy CMs of the BJP ruled states, all the BJP state unit presidents and other senior leaders from the states who are part of the national executive, are virtually attending the meeting from their respective state headquarters.

-At the meeting venue, musicians from across the country played traditional instruments to greet those attending the meet.

-Prime Minister Modi while entering the venue met women, who in their traditional Chath attire and singing songs praising the Sun god, performed puja and rituals.

-The BJP’s national executive meeting, which should be normally held once in three months according to the party’s constitution, is being held for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

-A condolence resolution will also be adopted in the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Covid pandemic.

-The meeting will also discuss programmes and policies to make the BJP more broad-based in order to incorporate greater sections of the society.

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-An exhibition has also been organised at the venue to showcase all policies and programmes of the Modi government.

The bypoll results in three Lok Sabha and 29 assembly seats across 13 states and a Union Territory may weigh on the minds of the party leadership. The Congress winning the Lok Sabha bypoll and three assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh — a state ruled by the BJP — has caused concern in the party ranks.

The party, however, did well in the northeast, winning all nine seats, and Madhya Pradesh.

To note, assembly elections will be held early next year in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. Elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat will be held in late 2022. It is to be mentioned that except Punjab, the BJP is in power in all these states.

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