Shah launches Mission-2019, holds meet
With the Lok Sabha polls less than two years away, the BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday held a marathon three-hour meeting with top party leaders to strategise Mission-2019. The focus of the meet was on initiating pro-active ground work to win the Lok Sabha seats that the party lost narrowly in 2014.
The high-level meeting, comprising the central Ministers and party general secretaries at the BJP headquarters, discussed an array of issues to target maximum number of seats in the Lok Sabha polls. The main points of deliberations, according to sources, involved revitalising organisation from the lowest tier to the highest level and effectively communicating programmes, plans and achievements of different Ministries to the people.
Those representing the Government side, among others, included senior Ministers JP Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Nirmala Seetharaman and Manoj Sinha. The party was represented by all the general secretaries, including Arun Singh, Ram Madhav, Bhupendra Yadav and others. Altogether 30 leaders were engaged in discussion with Shah.
“The exercise was also aimed at sharpening the Government to party level connect so that the Modi-Government’s programme implementations could be effectively communicated to the people,” sources said. The Ministers gave the party general secretaries the stock of their work and sought a feedback from latter’s side.
The Ministers selected for the meeting were all those who at one time held key positions in the party and thereby had good understanding of the organisational functioning.
It is understood that the both sides agreed that benefits of all the economic and social schemes of the Modi Government be that ‘Jan Dhan’, ‘Mudra scheme’, crop insurance, construction of toilets and Swachchh Bharat Mission be communicated to people in simple terms.
In the run up to the expected Cabinet reshuffle and major changes in the organisation this month, everyone in the meeting also agreed that efforts in the party and the Government should completely focus on Mission-2019. Around 120 Lok Sabha constituencies, which the BJP lost, figured during the discussion.
Shah is of view that the party should not, in the least, be complacent after its poll victories in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur earlier this year and identify “newer challenges and gaps” and prepare organisation right from the booth steps.
Shah himself is on an uninterrupted three-month tour of the country till September and looking at the preparations at the level of ‘Panna Pramukh’. In the continuation of his programme, Shah would be touring Madhya Pradesh from Friday on his three-day stay in the State.
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