New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reminded BJP leaders that his government won’t be able to fulfil its electoral promises until the party emerges stronger by beating rivals in every poll encounter.
On the first day of the two-day BJP national executive meeting, Modi in his close-door outreach to party office bearers also had a specific message for the leaders which was to weekly interact and listen to workers and exploit social media to propagate and stay connected with the masses.
As in every party meeting, this time too Modi again urged them to publicise NDA government’s gamechanger scheme so that the BJP could extract political mileage out of the pro-people initiatives.
“Modi said the party needs to strengthen itself and then only the government will be strong,” party sources revealed.
Sources also added that Modi reiterated the importance of social media for marketing people welfare schemes and for publicising government works.
Modi was huddled along with the BJP chief Amit Shah and other senior party leaders LK Advani, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley for outlining political roadmap for the party in the poll-bound states.
Party president Amit Shah too seconded Modi’s strategy in his inaugural speech, but strongly pitched the patriotism plank by insisting that the party will not budge on Opposition’s criticism on stifling freedom of speech in the name of nationalism.
“The president said the BJP welcomes criticism of its leaders, party and government but not of the nation in the name of freedom of speech,” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said while sharing salient points of Shah’s speech.
Singling out Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Shah again questioned him for “not condemning” anti-national slogans. He also accused Congress and Left of “obstructing” the development agenda of the government as in the case of the GST bill. He, however, did not criticise other opposition parties whose support are required for passing the crucial legislation.
Though Shah’s speech was silent on the political setbacks in Delhi and Bihar, Prasad said that the party will be a “serious player” in West Bengal, Kerala and Assam.