New Delhi: A national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is currently underway in the national capital on Sunday to discuss the forthcoming Assembly elections in five states and other current issues. During the inaugural speech, BJP national president JP Nadda lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the “bold decision” of lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic and tackling the ensuing economic challenges. The five-hour-long meeting that is being held at the NDMC Convention Centre began at 10 am today. The meeting is expected to culminate with the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting is being attended by 124 party members of which some leaders are attending through video conferencing.Also Read - Ready To Withdraw From Poll Race If BJP Fields Honest Candidate From Panaji, Says Utpal Parrikar

The seven states slated to go for Assembly elections in the year 2022 are Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Briefing reporters on Saturday, BJP general secretary Arun Singh said, “The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chaired by BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda. Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also be present.” Also Read - Punjab Polls 2022: Bhagwant Mann, AAP's CM Candidate Challenges CM Channi to Contest Against Him From Dhuri

This will be the first meeting of the BJP’s key decision-making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC) after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well as the first during the party chief J.P Nadda’s tenure. According to Arun Singh, various issues will be discussed in the meeting which include a special brainstorming session on the forthcoming Assembly elections in five states. Also Read - Punjab Election 2022: BJP Releases List of Candidates, Check Names Announced so Far

A condolence resolution will also be adopted in the memory of all those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting will discuss programmes and policies to make the BJP more broad-based in order to incorporate greater sections of society. An exhibition will be organised at the venue of the meeting to showcase all policies and programmes of the Modi government.

As COVID-19 protocols are in place, some leaders and Chief Ministers from states have not been called to Delhi and they will attend the meeting virtually.