New Delhi: Exuding confidence that the BJP would come back to power in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated the mantra of “sampark aur samvaad” (connect and dialogue) with the people and the cadre. Addressing BJP’s parliamentary party meet at the party headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Mr Modi asked party MPs to expose the lies of the Opposition, which he said has been left dejected after successive poll losses and is so deseperate that has been spreading lies against the government.
Mr Modi urged partymen to use technology effectively to expose the Oposition’s lies and also to connect with people.
BJP president Amit Shah also addressed the party leaders and asked them to utilise the three-day long Parliament break to apprise people of the real reason behind the disruption in both Houses by the Opposition parties.Mr Modi and Mr Shah asked their MPs to observe Social Justice Day on Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, Swachh Bharat Divas and other events between April 14 and May 5, party leaders Prakash Javadekar and Anil Baluni told reporters here.
“Mr Modi told the MPs that the party is in power so that we can take the country to new heights, and asked them to work at the ground level,” Mr Javadekar said. With the party gearing up for Lok Sabha polls next year, Mr Shah asked MPs to work to strengthen booth-level organisation in their constituencies, asserting that the organisation’s work at the booth level, along with BJP’s ideology and Modi’s leadership, has been a key reason for its success.
It was for the first time that the meeting took place in the newly-constructed party headquarters. The Prime Minister said that the BJP is committed to take the country to its zenith and to take everyone along as he cited the “Sabha Saath Sabka Vikas” slogan.
Union minister minister Jitendra Singh made a presentation of the work done in the 115 districts that have been lagging behind in various development parameters. Mr Modi will be visiting some of these districts where improvement has been registered on April 14. The Central government has embarked upon a major policy initiative for rapid transformation of these districts.
The party also announced various “Gram Swaraj” programmes that will be celebrated across the nation. As part of this Swacch Bharat Day will be observed on April 18, Ujjwala Diwas on April 20 for the beneficiaries of government’s Ujjwala Scheme, Panchayati Raj Diwas on April 24, Swasthya Bharat Diwas on April 30, Kisaan Kalyan Diwas on May 2 and Aajivika and Kaushal Vikas Diwas on May 5.
‘Mahagathbandhan’ club of ‘nawabs of negativity’: Jaitley
Mumbai: The opposition “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) is a club of “nawabs of negativity” and the only glue of this diverse grouping is its opposition to one man (Narendra Modi), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
People of an aspirational society which is politically conscious will not buy into this “suicidal” alternative, the senior BJP leader said.
“The nawabs of negativity may come together but that is not something that will carry credibility as far as people are concerned,” Jaitley said, speaking via video link at the CNBC-TV18 India Business Leadership Awards event. During the video call, Jaitley also spoke about the Union Budget.
This was the first time Jaitley, now in the US for medical treatment, addressed a gathering since leaving the country on Tuesday.
The setback the ruling BJP suffered in Assembly elections in three heartland states recently (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan) has enthused some opposition leaders about the likely electoral success of such an alternative.
The “mahagathbandhan” has neither the ideological cohesiveness nor a common programme aimed at building the country or an individual leader, Jaitley said.
As against the BJP’s strengths of leadership, decisiveness, performance and potential, the point being put forward by the opposition is of arithmetic, Jaitley highlighted.
In politics, it is not the arithmetic but chemistry which succeeds, he added.
“The premise is that we have politics which is negative in character and the negative politics is we want one man (Narendra Modi) out. On that negativity of wanting one man out, they (Opposition) have come together,” Jaitley said.
Arun Jaitley also said there is a need to elevate the political debate in the run up to the elections and stressed that we cannot afford a “sloganised political debate” where emotional cries take over sound policy.
Without mentioning the promise of farm loan waivers, which the opposition Congress is pitching for, the minister said “sloganised policies” never help the larger interest of the economy and it is the country’s aspirations which will receive a setback in the process.
Govt compromising national security, why 36 Rafale jets instead of 126: Chidambaram
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday accused the government of compromising national security and asked why it bought only 36 Rafale fighter jets instead of 126 required by the Air Force.
His comments come in the wake of fresh revelations on the Rafale deal in a media report which claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to but 36 aircraft instead of the 126 asked for by the Air Force pushed the price of each jet up by 41.42 per cent.
“In the light of new facts and revelations in THE HINDU, the question gains greater urgency: why did the government buy only 36 Rafale aircraft instead of 126 aircraft required by the Air Force?,” Chidambaram asked in a tweet.
“The Government has compromised national security by denying to the Air Force the 7 squadrons (126 aircraft) that it desperately needs,” he said.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also took to Twitter to demand answers from Modi on the increased cost of aircraft. “The PM’s unilateral decision to buy 36 Rafales resulted in a price escalation of 41.42 per cent per jet. When will the prime minister answer? he asked.
No war, but soldiers are dying on borders: Bhagwat
Nagpur: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said requisite steps need to combat killings on the border, as soldiers are being martyred sans a war-like situation in the country.
“In our country, there is no war at the moment, still people (soldiers) are getting martyred…Because we are not doing our jobs properly. We need to make efforts in this regard. If we want our country to reach the top, then we all should learn to sacrifice,” he said at a gathering here on Thursday.
Furthermore, Bhagwat said the responsibility of safeguarding the country should not be solely shouldered by the Forces.
“Everybody has to make efforts in this regard. This is not something for which we can give a contract to somebody. We keep thinking that the government will do it or the army will do it, the police will do it, but it’s not like that, the entire society has to make efforts,” he opined.
Citing the example of Israel, Bhagwat noted: “If one looks closely, after 70 long years, those countries in comparison with India have done better in terms of growth and development. Israel is a classic example. The natives were weed out before the 19 c. But citizens there gradually came back to their country and started their businesses, trade etc. Finally, in 1948 they got independence.”