The BJP parliamentary party on Thursday thanked the people of the five states for voting for the party in the just concluded assembly elections and set the agenda for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by asking party MPs to reach out to youths and dalits with the government’s plans and programmes.
The meeting began with BJP president Amit Shah offering a laddoo from the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the "blessing of Lord Balaji". Alongside, he also told the parliamentarians to begin preparations for the 2019 general election.
Both Modi and Shah were felicitated by party MPs for the BJP’s victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand assembly polls and over installation of BJP governments in Goa and Manipur.
The Prime Minister underlined the need for making youths “ambassadors” of the Union government’s public welfare works and good governance. He pointed out that youngsters rely more on mobile phones than newspapers and TV channels for information and asked party leaders to reach them using the device. He favoured contacting youths while in Class XII.
Shah said the party’s victories were an outcome of people’s vote against casteism, family rule and corruption and in favour of Modi’s leadership and his public welfare and good governance. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved a resolution thanking voters of the states where elections were held and the BJP's workers for their success. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley supported the resolution which was later unanimously passed.
The BJP believes a large number of Dalits have voted for the party in Uttar Pradesh, helping it win with an overwhelming majority. The meeting chaired by Modi decided to kick-start its poll preparations with a week long programme marking the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar on 14 April.
As part of Ambedkar’s birth anniversary celebrations, the BJP plans to hold panchayat and ward-level programmes to reach out to the Dalit population in Uttar Pradesh from 6 April, BJP’s foundation day.
Later briefing the media, senior BJP leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar said the party had been asked to be ready for the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP president has exhorted the party leaders to carry forward the victories in assembly elections to the Lok Sabha polls.
PM Modi has also asked the party leaders to educate the masses about the digital payment app BHIM also known as Bharat Interface for Money during the Ambedkar birth anniversary celebrations. BHIM has been dedicated to Ambedkar, Ananth Kumar said.