Must learn from mistakes of terminally declining parties: PM Modi

The BJP decided on Sunday to end ‘family rule’ in Telangana and West Bengal and also form governments in other states that have remained beyond its reach, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging its members to learn from mistakes parties that were now in “terminal decline” despite having ruled the country for a long time.

Delivering the party’s policy resolution at the BJP national executive meeting here, Union Home Minister Amit Shah identified southern India as the region of its next growth cycle and said the opposition had become disjointed and discouraged by members of Congress fighting for democracy within their organization. while its ruling family clings to its position.

In his speech at the final session of the two-day gathering, Modi, who has often accused opposition parties of practicing a policy of appeasement, said the BJP’s goal should be to take the country from “tushtikaran” to “triptikaran”. “It will lead to ‘sabka vikas’ (the development of all).”

Sources said Prime Minister Modi also suggested party workers should also reach out to disadvantaged and oppressed sections among minorities.

He made the suggestion in his speech at a presentation by the party’s unit in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP recently won Lok Sabha bypass polls in Rampur and Azamgarh, the two strongholds of the Samajwadi party having a large Muslim population.

There have been several experiments in Indian politics with social equations among Hindus and attempts should be made to reach out to socially backward minorities such as Pasmanda Muslims, sources quoting Modi as saying at the meeting.

On Sunday, Modi called for scrapping “Sneh Yatra” which will aim to build affection and coordination in society by reaching out to different sections of the population, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said during a press conference.

Modi fought for “P2 to G2” (Pro-people to good governance) in the political and governance model of the party.

Emphasizing the need for party workers to stay in touch with people, he said they should not mock or make fun of parties that are dying and rather learn from their mistakes.

Aiming at the opposition, Modi said the country was fed up with dynastic politics and dynastic parties and added that it would be difficult for them to survive for long.

“The opposition parties are in very bad shape. We should learn from their condition what flaws and failures caused their downfall. their decline,” Modi says.

Shah, in his nearly hour-long speech, also called for an end to the policies of dynasty, casteism and appeasement, calling them “greatest sins” and the reason for the country’s suffering over the years. years, and cited the party’s victory in a series of recent polls as an endorsement of its “development and performance policy”.

Communalism and fundamentalism are products of appeasement, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s chief minister, said when briefing reporters on Shah’s speech.

The party’s policy resolution also hailed Agnipath’s program of short-term recruitment into the armed forces which had drawn public protest and criticism from opposition parties, and commended the government’s courage in taking a multitude of initiatives for the development of the country, said Sarma.

Shah also hailed as “historic” the Supreme Court’s recent verdict rejecting a plea challenging the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) own memo to 64 people, including then-Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the case of the Gujarat riots in 2002. The court had also taken action against the applicants. The supreme court has denounced opposition parties, part of the media and some NGOs for their plot to defame Modi, he said.

The BJP leader said Modi received insults, kept silent in the face of the SIT and kept his faith in the Constitution while contrasting this with the Congress’ attempt to spread ‘lawlessness’ after its leader Rahul Gandhi was summoned by the Law Enforcement Branch in the National Herald case. .

The Home Secretary said Modi drank all the poison thrown at him as Lord Shiva and faced investigation.

Sarma parried questions whether the murder of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal, who was hacked to death by two Islamic fanatics, or the row involving suspended BJP member Nupur Sharma for his objectionable remarks against the Prophet Mohammad was part of deliberations at the national executive meeting, but added that specific incidents are not usually discussed at such a conclave where the focus is on “macro” issues.

He, however, alleged that if Congress had not launched a policy of appeasement, incidents like the Udaipur murder might not have happened.

Shah also sought to end political violence. Sarma, however, did not elaborate on this. The BJP has in the past accused parties such as the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the leftist in Kerala of using violence against its workers.

Claiming that the BJP will end family rule in Telangana and West Bengal, Shah said he would come to power in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha, states that are up to have now remained outside the march of power of the saffron party since it formed the government at the Center in 2014.

There was a “collective hope and discovery” at the meeting that the next round of BJP growth will come from South India, Sarma added.

Targeting Congress, Shah said the Gandhi family were not allowing internal organizational elections to take place because they feared losing control of the party.

The opposition is disjointed and opposes everything the government does right, he said, referring to issues such as the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the construction of Ram’s temple in Ayodhya , surgical strikes and the repeal of Section 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Referring to BJP-led National Democratic Alliance presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu, he said that the Saffron party under the Modi government had chosen a Dalit, incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind, and now a programmed tribe during of the two elections for the highest constitutional position and the requested party. members to publicize the story of Murmu’s life and struggle.

With the BJP in power in all northeastern states, alone or in alliances, Shah said the region would remain a party stronghold. All disputes in the region will be resolved by 2024, he added, a reference to border disputes and militancy there.

Hot on the heels of its victory in four states, the BJP has also returned to power in Maharashtra and is already gearing up for the next round of Assembly polls scheduled for later this year.

(with PTI entries)

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