Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday gave broad guidelines and roadmap to the Chief Ministers of poll-bound states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh for the ensuing elections.
The issues concerning effective implementation of welfare measures like Ujjwala or Ayushman Bharat Yozana schemes, social justice plank with an eye on Dalits and backward castes, national security, matters related to NRC and ‘foreign immigrants’ figured prominently at the day-long meeting of the Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers here.
“Each state has own issues and socio-political contexts. We all presented our views and Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief also laid down the roadmap,” Chhattisgath Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters here briefing about the deliberations.
The crucial meeting of all 15 Chief Ministers and deputy Chief Ministers from other NDA ruled states was held to form broad strategies for upcoming elections to state assemblies and to the Lok Sabha next year.
Prime Minister Modi listed a number of decisions and new laws brought in by his government to benefit all sections of the society and particularly Dalits, Other Backward Communities and farmers.
“We have taken a pledge that we will win the Lok Sabha polls with a majority bigger than the one we had in the 2014 polls. We will also ensure our victory in three state polls,” he said.
“The party is united and unanimous about its stand on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue and resolved yet again that illegal foreign immigrants have no place in the country,” he said.
He, however, made it clear that with regard ‘Hindu minorities’ be it in Bangladesh or Pakistan – if they are harassed and face ‘threats’ and if they come to India, – “nishchit rup se (certainly) they should get a place of stay in India”.
“This important decision has been taken and is also well underlined in the Citizens Amendment Bill,” he said.
The draft law is now being examined by the Joint Parliamentary Committee headed by BJP member Rajendra Agrawal.
Moreover, at the BJP’s Chief Minister’s Council meeting the issue of setting up of ‘fast track’ courts on citizenship issue was also discussed, Mr Singh said.
On the next year’s parliamentary elections, he said the party will take “all stake holders along” and form a government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again.
The day long deliberations were attended among others by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Chief Ministers from BJP-ruled states Yogi Adityanath, Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Manohar Lal Khattar and Sarbanand Sonowal are attending the meeting among others. The Deputy Chief Ministers from other NDA-ruled states like Sushil Kumar Modi (Bihar) are also attending the meeting.
“Fruitful meeting with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of states where the BJP is in power,” Prime Minister tweeted later.
Answering questions, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr Singh ridiculed the Opposition over its efforts to unite to take on the National Democratic Alliance, saying they are only indulging in a futile exercise.
BJP chief Mr Shah made special mention of the hike in MSP for crops.
The bill passed in Parliament to grant constitutional status to the OBC commission has also generated a lot of positive response, Mr Singh said.
He said, various development works of the Centre and the states were discussed. Mr Singh further said, welfare of the poor and needy is the focus of the Centre and the BJP-ruled state governments.