New Delhi: Issues such as the Indo-US nuclear deal, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and rising inflation held centrestage at the opening day of the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP’s national executive meeting in Bangalore on Friday. Over the next two days, nearly 200 members of the party leadership including its prime ministerial candidate L.K.Advani are expected to draw up strategy for crucial elections in six states in November, and parliamentary elections due by May.
The party, which won elections in Karnataka for the first time, will kick-start a series of 150 rallies beginning Saturday, ahead of elections in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Mizoram.
However, differences in the party over an alliance in Uttar Pradesh with regional party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, came to the fore as leaders from the state such as Vinay Katiyar and Kalyan Singh stayed away from the meeting.
“If any of the state leaders have any reservation on any issue, it would be discussed at a proper forum, but the final discussions on alliances are always taken by the central leadership,” party spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said.