New Delhi: Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modiâs resolve of a âNaya Bharatâ (New India) by 2022 will be achieved, the BJP declared Sunday that the Opposition was âdaydreamingâ about the coming Lok Sabha polls as it âneither has a leader, nor policy, nor strategyâ.
In a political resolution passed on the last day of the partyâs national executive meeting, the BJP said it will continue to be in power in 2019 as the government is working with a mission of âSabka saath, sabka vikasâ and the Prime Minister has a very high approval rating, something that is unprecedented for a leader after four years in power.
Human resources development minister Prakash Javadekar, who briefed the media about the political resolution moved by Union home minister Rajnath Singh in the meeting, said while the Prime Minister was building an India of âno poverty, casteism, corruption and communalismâ, the sole agenda of the âfrustratedâ Opposition was âroko Modiâ (stop Modi). However, the resolution had no message for the partyâs core votebank, the upper castes, who have been seething over the recent legislation on the SC/ST Act, or the Opposition, that has been attacking the government over growing fuel prices. The resolution also did not mention the BJPâs core issue, the Ram Mandir, with the party saying that the âmatter is sub judiceâ.
âThe BJP will return to power in 2019 with more seats and votes. The Opposition is daydreaming. It neither has a leader, nor policy nor strategy. It only has a negative agenda of stopping Modi and people do not like negative politics,â said Mr Javadekar.
The resolution also said that the Opposition parties are âterribly shaken by the immense goodwill and popularity of our government based on its sheer good work and people-friendly policies. In their desperation for power, the Opposition parties are resorting to various tactics. They neither have a leader who can match PM Modi in stature, nor a programme. Their singular objective is to âstop Modiâ. They want his vision for New India to be destroyed by any means.â
The resolution highlighted the governmentâs success in internal security, including complete prevention of terror acts across Indian cities compared to UPA rule, when âbomb blastsâ would frequently happen in cities.
The resolution praised the leadership of Mr Modi and party president Amit Shah. âModiâs charismatic leadership coupled with his vision and passion, combined with Shahâs hard work in building the organisation to extend the BJPâs rule to 19 states... Under the âjodiâ (duo) of Modi and Shah, the party has close to 350 MPs and 1,500 MLAs,â said the minister.
On internal security, the resolution said the Naxalism-affected region has shrunk by over two-thirds under BJP rule while the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been lifted from many parts of the Northeast due to the return of peace.Â The resolution also said that âurban Maoism too is being curbed with an iron handâ, hinting at the recent arrests of alleged Maoist sympathisers.
âA foundation for development cannot be laid without internal security,â it said.
On the economic front, it said India had become the sixth largest economy and GST has boosted revenues, with the people having no problem with it after the government addressed their concerns.
The resolution, however, made no direct mention of the hike in fuel prices over which the Opposition has given a Bharat Bandh call on Monday, or the Rafale deal.
Mr Javadekar, however, said inflation was over 10 per cent under UPA and around five per cent under the Modi government. On caste issues, he said the BJP has always taken decisions keeping in mind the interests of all sections of society.
The resolution also mentioned the controversial UNHRC report on human rights conditions in J&K, which the party termed as âtotally biased and factually incorrect, juvenile-sounding reportâ.
The resolution also mentioned that the âconfidence in the Indian economy has increased on account of policy measures taken by the government, as can be seen from many indicatorsâ and said ânew fiscal policies have made both India and Indians richerâ.
Taking an apparent dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, the resolution said fugitive economic offenders âmay remain fugitives for some time, but they have to return, to join their comrades in Ranchi Jailâ. The resolution also mentioned how Indiaâs âcredibility and respect has increased manifoldâ globally with Mr Modi being âcounted among the top leaders of the world nowâ.
The resolution said: âOur balanced and sensitive foreign policy is praised from across all corners. This balance is reflected in the fact that we have equidistant relations with Israel and Palestine, with Iran and Saudi Arabia, with USA, China and with Russia.â