Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Amit Shah may visit Jammu ahead of portfolio reshuffle


Modi's Surat visit is to build a momentum for the BJP for 2017 election in the South Gujarat region. There should not be injustice to them.

"We do not want that there is conflict within the Muslim community over this issue. We need to end such bad practices by awakening the society".

Spelling out his government's mission, the PM gave the slogan of p2-pro-people and pro-active and g2- good governance, besides jan dhan (economic empowerment), van dhan (environmental empowerment) and jal dhan (water empowerment).

At a time when the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is completing three years in office in May, Prime Minister Modi asked his ministers and party leaders to take a big leap forward in delivering on the promises it made to the people.

Accusing the opposition of concocting issues, Modi said: "It seems the opposition manufactures these issues in some factories". During the Delhi elections, Church attacks were the highlights and during the Bihar polls "Award Wapasi" was the issue. "And right now it is the EVM", he said.

The two-day party conclave - which had started with Prime Minister's high-optics roadshow - ended with a strong message from him: "There is no room for complacency after victory".

During a discussion on the National Commission for Backward Classes, the Prime Minister suggested that the party should hold conferences for "backward Muslims".

Talking to media here, Mr Harichandan said earlier the BJP was talking about a "Congress free India" but now they say Opposition free India.

He said the manner in which the bill was opposed exposed their attitude towards backward classes. This is his first visit to the city after becoming the Prime Minister in 2014.

Modi, Gadkari said, pitched for social justice for minority women, but the engagement should be such that it is not seen as intruding into their religious beliefs. Harichandan said the erstwhile BJD-BJP government had announced in its 2004 election manifesto that they would try to bag special category state status for Odisha.

BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday cautioned party leaders against complacency, saying it is yet to reach the peak as he rolled out plans for its expansion in states where it has been traditionally weak.

Javadekar said the OBC commission will help people irrespective of religions as socially and educationally backward groups of minorities also fall in the OBC category.

"These indicators, which are all government figures, belie the prime minister's repeated claims of the economy taking off. Modi may claim that the GDP is growing at 7 per cent, but other indicators show a stagnant economy".

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