Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) of opposition parties aiming to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, calling it corrupt, aimless and leaderless.
Addressing BJP leaders and workers on the second day of the two-day national executive meeting at New Delhi, the PM rejected the Mahagathbandhan stating that it has “a corrupt aim, has unclear policies and has no clarity over leadership”.
Briefing the media after the PM’s address, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted the PM saying, “We don’t see power as a chair but as a tool to work amidst the people. We want development with a human touch and the prosperity of the nation while remaining firm on simplicity.”
Prasad said that the PM, in his valedictory speech, paid tribute to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and gave the call ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’ in the honour of the former Prime Minister of India.
“The PM said that the BJP remains firmly committed to its principle that India will not to be subjugated by anyone,” said Prasad.
The Union Minister said that party president Amit Shah is confident of BJP’s victory in the 2019 polls.
“He said that after our victory in 2019 polls, nobody will be able to remove us for next 50 years. We are not saying this out of pride but on basis of our work,” said Prasad.
Later today, the PM took to Twitter to reaffirm his government’s commitment to work for India’s growth.
“BJP National Executive meet saw extensive discussions on many subjects. Party colleagues expressed their insightful views. Our Party is humbled by the strong support across India. In the spirit of ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal Bhajpa’ we will continue working tirelessly for India’s growth,” he wrote.
Earlier today, the BJP passed a resolution reaffirming the party’s commitment to build “New India” by 2022.
The political resolution, praising PM Modi’s vision 2022, was presented by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the ongoing national executive meet of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The resolution also discussed “new India” and a country free of poverty to ensure no one is without shelter.
The BJP said the opposition’s plan to defeat the saffron party was a “day dream”.
Briefing the media, Union minister Prakash Javdekar said a lot of developmental work has been done in the last four years, and a New India will by formed by 2022.
“This government has vision, passion and imagination, and the works of this government can be seen. By 2022, India will be free of terrorism, casteism, communalism and nobody will be homeless,” Javadekar said.
“The opposition is frustrated and it neither has leader nor policy; its sole agenda is to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Javadekar said.
He said Modi was the most popular leader in the country and even after four years in power, Modi’s approval rating is more than 70 per cent.
On Saturday, the first day of the meeting, party chief Amit Shah had slammed Opposition’s grand alliance calling it an “eyewash”. He also accused the Congress of “breaking India” while the BJP was focussed on “making India”.
“The talk of mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) is eyewash based on falsehood. It is not going to make any difference in 2019 because we have fought against each and every opposition party in 2014. We are not bothered about it,” the BJP president was quoted as saying by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who briefed the media after Shah’s address.