NDA Top Guns To Meet To Formulate Future Strategy

The party cannot afford a poor show in state elections as Modi gained popularity in the country on the'Gujarat model of development, following which the voters in the country elevated him to the chair of Prime Minister in 2014. PTI file

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, 33 ruling NDA constituents, including Shiv Sena, on Monday vowed to contest the 2019 electoral battle under his leadership.

The move to get together all allies, big and small, was also viewed as an effort to send the message that the BJP enjoyed the support of a larger number of parties than the Opposition did.

A resolution passed at the meeting expressed a "deep sense of appreciation for the decisive and bold leadership" that Narendra Modi had provided the NDA.

The resolution heaped praise on the Modi government's performance and highlighted its pro-farmer and pro-poor works, besides its "foreign policy successes".

"Narendra Modi is the most powerful Prime Minister and leader in the world. We do not want to break public's trust", the Prime Minister added.

There was also a suggestion to scout for more allies for National Democratic Alliance, which now has 32 members. He denied suggestions that the meeting had been called to discuss the presidential elections due in July saying it was not on the agenda. Representatives of the BJP allies, including People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu, will also be there, reported NDTV. "At times some issues come when they don't agree but Uddhavji today attended the meeting and he was positive". Modi and party chief Amit Shah will also be present at this event. A confirmation to this regard came from Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut who said, "Uddhav ji has made a decision to attend the dinner to be hosted by Modi ji today", Further, Raut told PTI that, A Sena leader termed the dinner invite as Modi's diplomacy in which he will try and get consent over a name for the Presidential election slated in July. This is the first of this scale which has seen state members of the NDA also attend the meeting.

Speaking on relationship with Shiv Sena, Jaitley said, "Shiv Sena is the oldest BJP ally. Since the budget session will end in a few days, the government it seems is starting consultations for President and vice-president candidates", said a senior NDA leader. The Patidar agitation is also likely to be a key area where the BJP will have to tread carefully. As this controversy has caused BJP to be labelled as "Anti South" party, now BJP leadership is said to be compelled to consider a candidate from South for either the post of President or Vice President.

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