New Delhi: Eyeing the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday convened a 10-hour-long meeting of chief ministers of 15 BJP-ruled states who took a pledge to ensure that he comes back to power with a bigger majority in the Parliament.
During the day-long meeting, the issues of social justice with an eye on Dalits and backward classes, national security, especially National Register of Citizens (NRC), and welfare schemes of the Modi government emerged as the party’s main poll planks.
PM Modi listed decisions and legislations effected by his government benefitting all sections of society, particularly Dalits, Other Backward Communities, the poor and farmers.
The Chief Ministers said the party will face the people in the next Lok Sabha polls on the issues of the implementation of the development programmes it has initiated and also on the promises it made in the 2014 election manifesto.
“The Prime Minister took stock of the work done by the states and also discussed the situation in the states in the wake of the Center’s initiative on higher MSP (minimum support price) for farmers, passage of OBC Commission Bill giving it a constitutional status, restoration of provisions of SC/ST Act, the National Register of Citizens in Assam and the Citizens Amendment Bill,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told a press conference.
“We resolved that the BJP, under Narendra Modi, will form a majority government again in 2019 by increasing its Lok Sabha tally of 2014,” he said, adding they were confident of winning the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
Speaking to reporters, Singh also mocked the Opposition over its efforts to unite to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, saying they are engaging in a futile exercise as Modi is certain to return to power.
“They have not yet decided the criteria for selection of the Prime Ministerial candidate. One party says the candidate will be of the party that wins maximum seats while other says that the candidate would be of the largest party. I think they won’t be able to decide the issue till the elections. It is only Narendra Modi who will be the Prime Minister in 2019,” he said.
BJP chief Amit Shah said the hike in MSP for crops has been of a huge help for the agriculture sector.
The bill passed in Parliament to grant constitutional status to the OBC commission has also generated a lot of positive response, Singh said.
The issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was also discussed with the party asserting that the presence of illegal infiltrators could not be tolerated in the country.
They also said that minority Hindus in neighbouring countries must find a home in India if they are persecuted there, Singh said.
Shah also made a mention of overwhelming tributes paid by people to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee following his death on August 16. The meeting passed a resolution remembering the BJP stalwart and hailing his works for the country.
(With inputs from agencies)