Two-pronged strategy to bolster party organisation : BJP minister

14 Apr 2017

Senior BJP leader and Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the party has adopted twin policy of meeting people's aspirations and strengthening the organisation ahead of the 2019 general election. "We pursue twin policies of fulfilling aspirations of the people through the government and creating strong political base to support the government," Pradhan told reporters after inagurating the media centre for BJP's two-day national executive meeting begining here tomorrow. People across the country had given massive mandate in favour of BJP and Narendra Modi in 2014 general elections, which was repeated again in the recent assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, he said. The party, Pradhan said, has been working to carry forward the tempo by meeting aspirations of the people through government policies being adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Amit Shah is creating a strong base for the party across the country. Pradhan said yesterday's by-election results also added strength to the BJP's victory journey and since 2019 is the year for general elections and assemebly polls in Odisha, the party is working hard to fulfil aspirations of the people. The Bhubaneswar National Executive Meet will prepare road map for BJP for the next two years, he added. Meanwhile, BJP's two-day national executive meeting will begin here tomorrow with all the party bigwigs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, joining the deliberations. However, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to skip the meet on health grounds, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said. "Sushmaji will not be able to attend the national executive meeting on health grounds. She has been advised rest by doctors," he said. Swaraj's presence and guidance would be felt at the meet, Pradhan told reporters while inaugurating the media centre, set up for the conclave. Union ministers, chief ministers of 13 BJP-ruled states and three deputy chief ministers will attend the meet, he added. Party veterans LK Advani and MM Joshi will also attend it. The prime minister is scheduled to arrive at the state capital here by 3.30 PM tomorrow. He will proceed to the Raj Bhavan before attending the national executive meet at Janata Maidan at 5 PM, Pradhan said. BJP president Amit Shah, who arrived here today, garlanded the statue of BR Ambedkar at AG Chhak, near the Secretariat. Shah is also slated to attend a programme at the state BJP headquarters to celebrate the Odia New Year.(PTI)