The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) political resolution, passed at the party’s national council meeting here on Saturday, more or less hewed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech, casting the Lok Sabha election as a contest between an “honest and courageous leader” and an “opportunistic alliance” of Opposition parties whose leader was unknown.
The resolution exhorted party workers to draw the “right lessons” from the loss in three States in the recently held Assembly polls, and spoke in detail of the “instability” inherent in an Opposition alliance if it was elected to power. “Choice is between stability or instability, between an honest and courageous leader, and a leaderless opportunistic alliance, majboot (strong) government or a majboor (helpless) government,” the party said in the document.
“All the BJP State governments have given an exemplary record of development and good governance. We shall surely draw the right lessons, but surely this will serve as an inspiration for party workers and cadre to work with renewed vigour in the Lok Saha election,” the resolution said.
The resolution was introduced by Union minister Nitin Gadkari, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaking in support of it. While Ms. Sitharaman spoke of the security scene in the country, which she said had vastly improved under the Modi government, with no serious terror attack in the four-and-a-half years, Mr. Jaitley told party workers to look at the upcoming contest on the issue of leadership, which, he said, was the major advantage of the BJP.
“The Opposition cannot compete with the BJP on leadership, performance or ideology, so they say they will try to fight us through alliances. If each worker decides that the election would be fought on the issue of leadership, no force in the world can defeat us,” Mr. Jaitley said. “We have to control the narrative of the elections. We will set the agenda of the Lok Sabha polls. I urge you to proceed in that direction as there is not even a single mistake [of the government] that may force you to back down,” he said.
BJP resolution draws the battle lines for Lok Sabha polls – The Hindu