Country First, Party Second; PM Modi At BJP National Executive Meet

Both Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a number of brainstorming sessions with experts and officials from different ministries last week BJP leaders said. Reuters File

BJP National Executive meet begins in Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane will be meeting BJP president Amit Shah on Monday evening.

According to sources, Mr. Shah will review the progress of various organisational programmes suggested by him during his last visit to the State in August.

"In the last one year, over 392,802 workers of the party were sent to different polling booths in the country to inform the people about the work being done by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So, they won't have any difficulty in covering long distances", said former state BJP vice-president Lakhiram Joshi.

General Secretary Vinay Sahasrabuddhe also shared the details of Shah's country-wide tour during the meeting and said the party chief travelled 50,000 km and interacted with 18,000 workers across the country to strengthen the BJP.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who briefed the media on the Prime Minister's speech, said, "BJP is the most prominent political party in the country".

"Democracy must be seen beyond elections", the PM said. The democracy should be seen beyond elections.

The BJP has already started preparing for the 2019 electoral battle. "A robust organisation at the grass root level will help the government reach out directly to the people", said A.K. Verma, a Kanpur-based political analyst.

Dwelling on a number of steps the government has taken to get rid of black money and its eradication, Amit Shah spoke about how demonetisation sent a message that this government will deal sternly with black money. "When Opposition was in government, power was a means of enjoyment for it".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced his "pro poor" scheme called Saubhagya Yojna that aims at free electrification at a large scale.

"PM said sometimes Opposition uses harsh words when there is no specific allegation; harsh language can not be a substitute for substantive charge", Jaitley said. He said that initiatives such as Swachh Bharat had become a movement of public welfare because of mass participation.

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