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Poverty a priority over terrorism at BJP meet

Instead in Kozhikode, the party projected itself as a party dedicated to the welfare of the poor

In the picturesque coastal town of north Kerala, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to change its spots. As it ended the first day of its three-day council meeting, the party focussed on welfare of the poor, distancing from its core plank of nationalism and security.

On a day when Russian troops landed in Pakistan for a joint military exercise and punched holes in Narendra Modi government’s claims that its diplomatic offensive has isolated Islamabad in the international community, General Secretary insisted that the focus of the annual council meeting was ‘Garib Kalyan’, or welfare of the poor.

Party sources said people should expect that the PM, in the next two days, will come up with a slogan to rival that of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s ‘garibi hatao, desh bachao’, end poverty to save the country, in the run up to the 1971 Lok Sabha polls. leaders said it was an effort to claim a space that the Congress has occupied in the public imagination over the last couple of decades.

But for a party that swears by nationalism, the leadership found itself struggling to ensure that Sunday’s terror strike in Uri, in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed, didn’t overshadow its council meeting. There was a sense in the party that it might have overplayed the Uri incident without the Modi government being able to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. On Russia-Pakistan joint military exercise, Madhav evaded the question and said lots of “news is floating around”.

On whether the Uri terror attack might be taken up during the proceedings of the council, Madhav said it will be discussed at the appropriate level but the focus will remain on welfare of the poor. It was the same Madhav who, within hours of the terror attack on Sunday, had demanded “the entire jaw for a tooth.”

Senior leaders, however, conceded that there was immense pressure and anticipation from the supporters that the PM should speak on the Uri issue. It is likely that the PM will refer to his government’s response to Uri terror attack either at his public rally on Saturday at the Calicut beach or on Sunday in his concluding address at the council meet. The issue could also form part of President Amit Shah’s speech on the last day of the meeting. Today, Shah had a restricted meeting with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, who is in Kozhikode as an observer.

Until now, the political resolution to be passed on the last day of the meeting by 1,700 delegates, who have converged in Kozhikode from across India, is unlikely to directly refer to either Pakistan or the Uri attack. It would, however, talk about the issue of terrorism and security in general terms.

The resolution would appeal to the party cadres and governments in the states to rededicate themselves to the philosophy of Sangh Parivar ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya — that of Antyodaya, or serving the poorest. It would ask all its state governments to implement the ‘Garib Kalyan Agenda’ and Modi government’s 80 schemes for the next one year, the birth centenary year of Upadhyaya. It would be interesting to see how in the next two days the and the PM strike the balance between their efforts to project themselves as pro-poor while satisfying their core supporters, who are anticipating a strong response to Pakistan.

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Poverty a priority over terrorism at BJP meet

Instead in Kozhikode, the party projected itself as a party dedicated to the welfare of the poor

Archis Mohan  |  Kozhikode 

BJP National President Amit Shah (L) and party leader Ram Lal at the inauguration of the party's National Council Meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala
BJP National President Amit Shah (L) and party leader Ram Lal at the inauguration of the party's National Council Meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala

In the picturesque coastal town of north Kerala, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to change its spots. As it ended the first day of its three-day council meeting, the party focussed on welfare of the poor, distancing from its core plank of nationalism and security.

On a day when Russian troops landed in Pakistan for a joint military exercise and punched holes in Narendra Modi government’s claims that its diplomatic offensive has isolated Islamabad in the international community, General Secretary insisted that the focus of the annual council meeting was ‘Garib Kalyan’, or welfare of the poor.



Party sources said people should expect that the PM, in the next two days, will come up with a slogan to rival that of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s ‘garibi hatao, desh bachao’, end poverty to save the country, in the run up to the 1971 Lok Sabha polls. leaders said it was an effort to claim a space that the Congress has occupied in the public imagination over the last couple of decades.

But for a party that swears by nationalism, the leadership found itself struggling to ensure that Sunday’s terror strike in Uri, in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed, didn’t overshadow its council meeting. There was a sense in the party that it might have overplayed the Uri incident without the Modi government being able to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. On Russia-Pakistan joint military exercise, Madhav evaded the question and said lots of “news is floating around”.

On whether the Uri terror attack might be taken up during the proceedings of the council, Madhav said it will be discussed at the appropriate level but the focus will remain on welfare of the poor. It was the same Madhav who, within hours of the terror attack on Sunday, had demanded “the entire jaw for a tooth.”

Senior leaders, however, conceded that there was immense pressure and anticipation from the supporters that the PM should speak on the Uri issue. It is likely that the PM will refer to his government’s response to Uri terror attack either at his public rally on Saturday at the Calicut beach or on Sunday in his concluding address at the council meet. The issue could also form part of President Amit Shah’s speech on the last day of the meeting. Today, Shah had a restricted meeting with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, who is in Kozhikode as an observer.

Until now, the political resolution to be passed on the last day of the meeting by 1,700 delegates, who have converged in Kozhikode from across India, is unlikely to directly refer to either Pakistan or the Uri attack. It would, however, talk about the issue of terrorism and security in general terms.

The resolution would appeal to the party cadres and governments in the states to rededicate themselves to the philosophy of Sangh Parivar ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya — that of Antyodaya, or serving the poorest. It would ask all its state governments to implement the ‘Garib Kalyan Agenda’ and Modi government’s 80 schemes for the next one year, the birth centenary year of Upadhyaya. It would be interesting to see how in the next two days the and the PM strike the balance between their efforts to project themselves as pro-poor while satisfying their core supporters, who are anticipating a strong response to Pakistan.

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Poverty a priority over terrorism at BJP meet

Instead in Kozhikode, the party projected itself as a party dedicated to the welfare of the poor

Instead in Kozhikode, the party projected itself as a party dedicated to the welfare of the poor In the picturesque coastal town of north Kerala, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to change its spots. As it ended the first day of its three-day council meeting, the party focussed on welfare of the poor, distancing from its core plank of nationalism and security.

On a day when Russian troops landed in Pakistan for a joint military exercise and punched holes in Narendra Modi government’s claims that its diplomatic offensive has isolated Islamabad in the international community, General Secretary insisted that the focus of the annual council meeting was ‘Garib Kalyan’, or welfare of the poor.

Party sources said people should expect that the PM, in the next two days, will come up with a slogan to rival that of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s ‘garibi hatao, desh bachao’, end poverty to save the country, in the run up to the 1971 Lok Sabha polls. leaders said it was an effort to claim a space that the Congress has occupied in the public imagination over the last couple of decades.

But for a party that swears by nationalism, the leadership found itself struggling to ensure that Sunday’s terror strike in Uri, in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed, didn’t overshadow its council meeting. There was a sense in the party that it might have overplayed the Uri incident without the Modi government being able to isolate Pakistan diplomatically. On Russia-Pakistan joint military exercise, Madhav evaded the question and said lots of “news is floating around”.

On whether the Uri terror attack might be taken up during the proceedings of the council, Madhav said it will be discussed at the appropriate level but the focus will remain on welfare of the poor. It was the same Madhav who, within hours of the terror attack on Sunday, had demanded “the entire jaw for a tooth.”

Senior leaders, however, conceded that there was immense pressure and anticipation from the supporters that the PM should speak on the Uri issue. It is likely that the PM will refer to his government’s response to Uri terror attack either at his public rally on Saturday at the Calicut beach or on Sunday in his concluding address at the council meet. The issue could also form part of President Amit Shah’s speech on the last day of the meeting. Today, Shah had a restricted meeting with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, who is in Kozhikode as an observer.

Until now, the political resolution to be passed on the last day of the meeting by 1,700 delegates, who have converged in Kozhikode from across India, is unlikely to directly refer to either Pakistan or the Uri attack. It would, however, talk about the issue of terrorism and security in general terms.

The resolution would appeal to the party cadres and governments in the states to rededicate themselves to the philosophy of Sangh Parivar ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya — that of Antyodaya, or serving the poorest. It would ask all its state governments to implement the ‘Garib Kalyan Agenda’ and Modi government’s 80 schemes for the next one year, the birth centenary year of Upadhyaya. It would be interesting to see how in the next two days the and the PM strike the balance between their efforts to project themselves as pro-poor while satisfying their core supporters, who are anticipating a strong response to Pakistan.
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