BJP meet begins today, to push for Gadkari’s 2nd term
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The national executive and the national council of the BJP will meet over three days from Wednesday in Surajkund, Haryana.
While the meeting is slated to chalk out the party's strategy against the government on the issues of corruption and alleged mismanagement of economy leading to "anti-people" policies, the council meet is also important for the party's internal affairs.
The council meet is crucial to endorse the decision taken at the Mumbai national executive approving amendment to the party constitution to provide consecutive terms for the post of president at national, state and district units levels. Party sources said the move is aimed to facilitate incumbent president Nitin Gadkari's claim for a second term as his current term is set to expire in December. Party insiders said the plan is to complete the party president's election before the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls later this year.
The meeting is likely to be attended by top BJP leaders. However, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is reported to be unwell.
The meet is also expected to sharpen the party attack on the Congress in the wake of the uproar over coal block allotments and recent government decisions like diesel price hike, limiting subsidied cooking gas cylinders to each household, and FDI in retail trade.
An indication of party's sharpening of attack on Congress was given by Gadkari, who addressed a rally of unorganised sector workers here on Tuesday. "The Congress has ruined the poor and labourers. It is not the party of poors but looters," he said. Earlier in the day, Gadkari also charged the Congress of misusing CBI for political manipulations and endorsed TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's apprehensions regarding misuse of judiciary. "The statement given by Mamata indicates that the government has kept judiciary under their control," Gadkari said.
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