New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Sep 8: The 2-Day national executive meet of BJP, which begins today is a crucial one, keeping in mind the forthcoming Assembly Elections and the General Elections in 2019.
The meet is being held amid signs of unrest among the upper castes over its push for pro-Dalit laws. The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a two-day meeting of its key decision-making body in New Delhi starting Saturday, in which the ruling party is likely to highlight the Narendra Modi government's steps for "social justice" and "economic successes". Here are the main highlights of the event:
-Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley light lamps before Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deendayal Upadhyay ahead of BJP National Executive meeting at Ambedkar International Centre.
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- Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu and Sushma Swaraj arrive at Ambedkar International Centre for BJP National Executive meeting.
- Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrive at Ambedkar International Centre for BJP National Executive meeting
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The national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party is also likely to respond to concerns over the rise in oil prices and refer to the previous UPA government's "mismanagement of the economy" as it meets ahead of the assembly polls in five states, with the Lok Sabha election less than eight months away, party sources said.
BJP president Amit Shah will deliver the inaugural address in the presence of the party's top leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, on Saturday afternoon, while the latter is scheduled to give the valedictory speech on Sunday.
Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra has gone on record seeking a rethink on the law, which non-Dalits/tribals claim is often misused.
Significantly, the saffron party has chosen the Ambedkar International Centre, which works to promote the works and ideas of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, for hosting the
meeting, a symbolism for its Dalit outreach.
However, it will have to do a balancing act as groups claiming to represent the upper castes, its core vote bank, have been protesting the government's decision to restore the original and stringent provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals, after the Supreme Court had relaxed those. The groups had called a "Bharat Bandh" on Thursday.
The issues of the National Register of Citizens, passage of key bills -- including the one to restore the original provisions of the law on atrocities against Dalits and another that accorded constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes -- in Parliament will also come up for discussion at the national executive meet, the sources said.