A meeting of union ministers and BJP general secretaries was called by Amit Shah here on Thursday for better coordination between the govt and the party for future state elections as well as the next Lok Sabha election in 2019 – BJP’s Mission 2019.
Party president Amit Shah gave a 10-minute power-point presentation to the party and government functionaries. The party has identified 150 parliamentary constituencies where the BJP can improve its performance and add to its tally. Shah asked every leader to take up 4-5 seats to build and expand the party base.
He said the BJP has to compete against itself and improve its tally to win more than 350 seats in 2019.
The meet was followed by a press conference where the BJP took pot shots at the opposition conclave under the name ‘Sajha Virasat Bachao’ (Save Composite Culture) called by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
Terming it an alliance of defeated and “scared people”, BJP asked why they were silent on the killings of RSS-BJP workers in Kerala.
“On behalf of BJP I ask organizers of the composite culture how they consider the merciless killings of RSS workers by CPI-M goons in Kerala. Is it part of composite culture? Why is Rahul Gandhi silent on these killings? Where are the so called intellectuals who returned their awards in the name of intolerance?” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Kerala has for years seen CPI(M) and RSS workers indulging in mutual killings. While it is the RSS workers who have killed more of CPI(M) workers overall, BJP has started raising the issue in recent times as it is now focusing on creating and expanding its base in the state where it has had little presence so far. It would also figure in its Mission 2019.
Prasad termed the alliance of opposition parties an alliance of defeated people and said “they will lose again”. “This is an alliance of scared people. They are scared of Modiji (Prime Minister). This is an alliance of those who are worried over charges of corruption and are facing action. This is the real centre of this alliance,” Prasad said after Gandhi launched a stinging attack on the Modi government and the RSS, accusing them of trying to change the Constitution, and urged all opposition parties to fight them unitedly.
Prasad accused Gandhi of heading the Congress undemocratically by creating fear among Congress party workers.
“Rahul has threatened his party workers. He always loses elections but still leads the party. Despite losing continuously nobody is questioning his leadership because he has threatened his own party people,” he said.
The BJP leader also took a dig at disgruntled Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav for organising the ‘Save Composite Culture’ conclave.
“Sharadji started his politics under JP (Jayaprakash Narayan) and his whole politics was based on opposition to the Congress. Today, he is feeling happy sitting in front of Rahul Gandhi,” he said.