New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today highlighted the track record of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi to kick off its campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP is looking to pitch for a second term in office with the development-for-all slogan, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, irrespective of caste, religion, social and financial status, besides coining a new slogan, Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP, which highlights the party’s commitment to its core values and the country’s progress and forward march under its rule.
Addressing party workers on the last day of the two-day national executive meeting, Modi tore into the opposition, particularly the Congress. “One family of the Congress party was in power for 48 years and the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) has been in power for 48 months. People will ask this family what development work was carried out under their leadership," union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cited the prime minister as saying today.
Modi said that though the opposition parties were trying to form an alliance to topple the BJP-led NDA, they lacked leadership and credibility, and had no clear policy to take on the NDA.
“People who cannot look at each other and cannot walk together are joining hands to fight the BJP. This is the success of the BJP. It is because of the success of the BJP that these people who have no clear ideology or political thought are coming together to fight against the BJP," Prasad said, citing Modi.
Talking about the campaign of the opposition parties, he told party workers that the BJP should collectively counter falsehoods being spread by the Congress-led opposition parties, and that false campaigns against the NDA can only be overcome through facts and by reaching out to the people.
“The Congress-led opposition parties fight on the basis of lies. We cannot lie to the people, but we should counter these lies with facts. We have to end the falsehood being spread by the Congress party against the ruling government."
The prime minister elaborated that the policy and programmes of the government did not discriminate people on the basis of caste, religion, social and financial status, and instead, it had worked to transform the lives of people by providing them with access to electricity, subsidised cooking gas, and health-for-all programmes.
“Five crore people have come out of poverty in the last four years of the NDA. Development with a human face and equality with humanity is the message of the union government," said Prasad quoting Modi. The PM also told BJP leaders and members that 220 million families had benefitted from the different programmes of the government.
Speaking on the issue of simultaneous elections, Modi told party workers that nobody should be pressurised to agree to the view of the party, but there should be a larger debate to discuss the financial burden, security requirements and administrative difficulties of conducting elections every year.
BJP president Amit Shah informed the members that the prime minister had already visited 300 of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies in the four years of the NDA and, by 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he will visit all the constituencies.