statesman news service
New Delhi, 8 July
Raising questions on the ‘delay’ in convening the monsoon session of Parliament, normally held in July, the BJP today said the Congress may hold snap polls. The party laid down a roadmap and authorised BJP chief Mr Rajnath Singh and newly anointed election campaign panel chief Mr Narendra Modi to form various committees in the run-up to the general elections.
The BJP also discussed the need to give importance to the “caste factor” in UP and Bihar. “We are ready for snap polls,” party general secretary Mr Ananth Kumar told reporters after the BJP central parliamentary board held a meeting for the second time within a week.
“Different committees will be formed to take care of the party’s election manifesto, parliamentary election meetings, booth-level committees, a chargesheet of failures against UPA and development agenda of BJP," Mr Kumar said, adding that the party’s highest decision making body authorised Mr Rajnath Singh and Mr Modi to form these committees after consulting senior party leaders.
However, the parliamentary board opted to further delay announcing the election campaign committee amid indications that further consultations will be made among senior leaders as well as with RSS boss Mohan Bhagwat.
“The Congress and UPA are under pressure. It is breaking, it is running away. It is not in a position to face the nation or Parliament and hence there’s no word from the government yet on the monsoon session,” Mr Kumar said, claiming on the other hand “BJP is in election mode”.
He said the government has developed cold feet on convening a Parliament session as it is not sure of mustering enough numbers to get the nod for food security Ordinance promulgated last week.
The Opposition party said it will corner the UPA regime on various issues like corruption, national security, price rise and on the economic front. “Corruption, economic situation of the country, and the failure of the Congress-led government on every front will be our main issues in the polls,” Mr Kumar said.
The meeting was attended by key leaders including Mr Modi, Mr Rajnath Singh, Mr L K Advani, Mrs Sushma Swaraj and Mr Arun Jaitley.
Party sources said after the two-hour meeting, Mr Rajnath Singh and Mr Modi had a one-on-one meeting. Sources said both leaders emphasised the importance of improving BJP’s performance in UP and Bihar, which put together send as many as 120 MPs.
The BJP central parliamentary board today suggested a two-pronged strategy for the polls which will include a political campaign with the party holding rallies and meetings at booth level across the country and an “organisational strategy” to put the party’s structure in place and take its campaign forward.