Allahabad : Whipping up the issue of Hindu migration from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and “casteism and communalism” of the ruling SP, the two-day BJP national executive concluded on Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a blistering attack on the state government but skipping controversial issues.
Though the two-day deliberations appeared to have focused on a victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, the party also spoke of plans for its expansion along the East Coast where it hardly has a presence.
While party President Amit Shah and some other top leaders raked up the Kairana issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself focused on development and skipped the issue. Nor did he touch any other contentious issues.
Modi skirts controversial issues
In a two-pronged attack, Modi hit out at the ruling Samajwadi Party accusing it of practising casteism, communalism, nepotism and hooliganism while SP and BSP indulge in corruption in power alternatively. Addressing a public meeting after the executive session, he also made a veiled attack on the Congress referring to corruption in purchase of helicopter, aircraft, guns and cooking gas subsidy. Appealing to the people for an opportunity to rule the state, he invoked the greatness of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati and said the land of Prayag will mark a new beginning by taking to development.
“For this, arrogance , casteism, poison of communalism, corruption, nepotism will have to be sacrificed in the holy fire (yagya) to start the new journey of development,” Modi said to the cheers of the party cadre and admirers who repeatedly shouted ‘Modi, Modi, Modi’. Not sparing the BSP, the other major player in the state, the Prime Minister said Mayawati and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav take turns to accuse each other’s government of indulging in corruption but take no action when each one comes to power.
Earlier, in his concluding remarks at the executive, Modi advised his party workers to follow seven mantras including empathy and restraint in their conduct and said people are not content with mere slogans but concerned about how the nation is being strengthened.
Kairana features prominently in discourse
Kairana in western UP, where the BJP claims Hindu families have migrated out of fear of violence by another community, may be an issue on which political temperature is expected to rise in the poll-bound state. Briefing the media, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said Shah has set up a committee, which will go there and study the situation.
“Such a migration is not good for democracy. The party is sensitive about it and proper steps will be taken after the report comes,” he said. Shah had yesterday expressed serious concern over “migration” from Kairana area in Shamli district, which had witnessed communal riots in 2013. Gadkari today said his party has taken up the issue with all seriousness.
The seven-member committee consist of four MPs and three leaders from Uttar Pradesh. The executive adopted a political resolution which claimed that BJP is now the only pan-Indian party as Congress is “shrinking” by the day. It identified the Coromandal Coast spanning from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu and Kerala for its growth, asking workers to prepare the organisation for “big gains” there in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke of the future growth of the party to ensure a “bigger majority” in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
On Uttar Pradesh, he said if Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav accepts the next year’s elections as referendum on law and order, then it could hurt him badly. The resolution also accused Congress and Left of resorting to “petty and negative” politics.
Congress mocked for ‘shrinking’ political space
The resolution, ‘BJP is the party of Bharat’s present. It will be the party of Bharat s future’, said it is emerging as the natural party of governance in many states and all the other parties have limited regional presence amid the decline of the main opposition party. Referring to party’s win in Assam and rise in its vote share in Kerala and West Bengal, and “unequivocal rejection” of the Congress by voters in the recent assembly polls in five states, it said the National Executive notes with pleasure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Congress-mukt Bharat has today become a people s mission .
BJP’s win in Assam signifies a major ideological victory for it, the resolution said, adding it came against the backdrop of the threat of demographic invasion the state has faced from an unchecked infiltration from neighbouring Bangladesh for decades . It has reached Himalayan proportions and signalled a death-knell to Assam s identity Successive governments turned a blind eye to this problem with an eye on their vote banks.
That is why the National Executive doesn’t look at this victory in the Assembly elections as just another electoral victory alone. It signifies a major ideological victory for the party. We dedicate this victory to Ma Kamakhya, river Brahmaputra and Shrimant Shankaradeva the symbols that epitomise Assamese identity, it said. Speaking of its performance, the party said, The BJP is today the only pan-Indian party in the country. The BJP is also emerging as the natural party of governance in many States too. Congress is shrinking by day and all the other parties have limited regional presence only.”