Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Sunday said the party would be in power for 50 years after winning the 2019 General Elections, NDTV reported. Shah made the comment on the final day of the party’s National Executive Meeting in New Delhi. “We are not saying this out of pride but on basis of our work,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also addressed the meeting, coined the slogan “Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP” in honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prasad said. The slogan refers to “an India which is not to be subjugated by anyone and the BJP, which remains firmly committed to its principles”, he added.
The prime minister reportedly took a dig at the Opposition, saying the anti-BJP alliance does not have either a leader or an ideology, and its intention is corrupt.
Earlier in the day, Union minister Prakash Javadekar claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party would return to power in 2019 and win more seats in the Lok Sabha elections compared to previous polls.
The Opposition has no agenda, policy or strategy, said Javadekar. “They only believe in ‘Modi roko abhiyan’ [stop Modi campaign]. The people of the country know them well,” he said. “We will win with an even bigger majority in 2019.”
Javadekar said that the “unique combination” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah would ensure a BJP victory. Speaking about the party’s achievements, Javadekar claimed the country had progressed in four years under the PM. “New India will be successful, free from poverty, terrorism, and corruption by 2022,” said the Union Minister for Human Resource Development.
On Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved a political resolution to this effect, saying that the BJP will ensure a country free from terrorism, casteism, and communalism, and ensure that no one is homeless.
Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalism had come down, added Javadekar.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, senior party leader LK Advani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, and several other leaders.
In his address, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the statue of Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first home minister, will be unveiled on October 31. The Statue of Unity, set to be the biggest statue in the world, will open on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.
Rupani accused the Congress of failing to give Patel his due importance. He claimed that the Opposition party always placed the iconic leader behind Jawaharlal Nehru, as a result of which the former did not get the recognition he deserved on world stage. He said the Statue of Unity would serve as a symbol for those trying to disrupt the country’s unity and social harmony.