BJP's two-day National Executive meeting in Delhi to begin today
Ahead of the crucial assembly polls in five states including Uttar Pradesh, a two-day BJP National Executive meet will begin here today where the government's demonetisation move is likely to be hailed as an important step in its war against black money and corruption.
Senior party leaders, Union Ministers and all Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states will take part in the two-day meet. During the meeting, the party's National Executive is likely to discuss poll strategy for poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.
The party will use the occasion to burnish its pro-poor and pro-weak credentials by citing several government schemes, including the recent sops announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Two resolutions, one political and the other economic, are likely to be passed at the meet.
The top BJP brass is also expected to target the opposition over its attack on the government for advancing the Budget Session of Parliament and may project it as yet another attempt by the Congress and the other rival parties to derail Modi's pro-poor agenda.
With the mood in the saffron camp optimistic following the Prime Minister's huge rally in Lucknow recently and what it believes to be a positive public response to the currency ban, the party is expected to project the opposition's criticism of the exercise as an attempt to protect the corrupt.
BJP present Amit Shah will deliver the inaugural address while PM Modi is set to give the valedictory speech the day after.
The Army's surgical strikes last year to target terror launchpads across the border can also find a mention at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the BJP's Central Election Committee is likely to announce the names of party candidates after the auspicious 'Makar Sankranti' which falls on January 14.