NEW DELHI: A few months ahead of assembly polls in five states, including its key base Uttar Pradesh, BJP’s national executive on Sunday will brainstorm the party’s strategy for the elections while taking note and discussing the results of the recent assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls that reflect a setback in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan as well as a decline in West Bengal.
While state elections are seen to be dominated by disparate factors, discussion on issues like price rise, inner-party cohesion, and the continued protests by farmers unions in Punjab, Haryana and west UP against the new agri-marketing laws has been on within BJP.
The results of the Ellanabad assembly polls in Haryana have been encouraging as farm unions had targetted BJP but the party managed to increase its vote share even as it came second. But the larger issue of the farmers’ stir that has been on since last November remains with some in BJP holding the view that confrontation be avoided despite provocations by aggressive protestors. The day-long meeting will physically host only national officebearers and ministers, whereas state-level officials will attend remotely through video conferencing.
“The meeting will begin with the address of party president Jagat Prakash Nadda. Various issues, including a special brainstorming session on the forthcoming assembly elections in five states, will be discussed,” Rajya Sabha MP and party’s general secretary Arun Singh said at a press meet. PM Modi will deliver the closing speech of the conference that is expected to touch on current issues and will be seen as political guidance to the party.
Singh said the meeting will discuss programmes and policies to make the party more broadbased in order to incorporate larger sections of the society. The party will also come out with its political resolution. Former law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has been involved in drafting the resolution.
Former party presidents Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari will also be present. Others to attend include, BJP leader in Rajya Sabha and commerce minister Piyush Goyal and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, besides all Union ministers who are part of the BJP national executive.
Singh said in view of the Covid-19 protocols, all national executive members have not been called to Delhi. A total of 124 leaders will be present at the meeting. All the CMs and deputy CMs of BJP ruled states, all BJP state unit presidents and other senior leaders from the states who are part of the national executive will virtually attend the meeting from their respective state headquarters.
An exhibition will also be held where a glimpse of all policies like the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojna will be on display.