NEW DELHI: The BJP will hold its national executive meeting in the national in March, its first after the election of Amit Shah as the party chief for a full term and just ahead of elections to five State Assemblies.
The national executive meet may take up political resolutions on issues of nationalism and the party’s commitment to welfare measures for the poor, likely to be announced in the budget. The last meeting of the national executive was held in Bengaluru in April last. The meeting is likely to be held on March 19-20 in Delhi in the backdrop of the opposition attack on the government for its action in the JNU case.
As the budget session will end on March 16, the meeting will be held immediately after and, will reflect the Modi government’s stance on major political issues. Interestingly, the RSS annual meeting will also be held around the same time.
Before the meeting, Amit Shah is likely to reconstitute the executive and the other national bodies of the party, a move that will shed light on the internal dynamics within the saffron outfit.
The BJP is yet to announce even names of party presidents for states such as Uttar Pradesh. Sources said that Manoj Sinha, MoS Railways, could be made Uttar Pradesh state BJP president. Assembly elections to Uttar Pradesh, to be held next year, are crucial for the BJP.
The two-day national executive will set the tone for the party’s approach to the political challenges facing it. The BJP had suffered a drubbing in Bihar and some of its state governments, like in Gujarat and Haryana, are perceived to have lost a bit of political capital during the quota stir.
“It will be during the session. So obviously the burning issues will be deliberated. We expect that the meeting will re-energise the cadre ahead of state elections. We are seeing an increasingly hostile and united opposition against BJP,” sources said.