Giving real boost to the party’s strategy to make inroads into Kerala electoral scene, the apex body meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began in Kozhikode on Friday. The three-day long National Council and National Executive meetings are being chaired by party president Amit Shah.
It’s as part of the birth centenary commemoration of founder leader Deen Dayal Upadhay that the BJP has chosen to convene its high-status organisational platform in the ancient port city. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will inaugurate the birth centenary celebrations of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, which will go on for over a year.
Prime Minister will arrive here on Saturday and he will participate in the National Council Meeting the day after. He will also address a public rally of BJP workers at Kozhikode beach on Saturday evening. It’s for the first time Prime Minister is going to address the public after the terror attack in Uri last week. The meeting is expected to spell out how the Modi government is going to deal with Pak-linked developments since the BJP came to rule at the Centre.
In spite of all its national ambience that has been put forth by the meeting, the venue chosen for it accrues more prominence for the state organisation of BJP. The top level conference of the meeting is being held in Kerala in the wake of the debut presence BJP has gained in state Assembly. Veteran leader O Rajagopal, who has become the first representative of the Party in Kerala Assembly, was coincidentally one of the chief organisers of the first ever National Council Meeting of earlier Jan Sangh in Kozhikode, way back in 1967. With its logical expansion of electoral gains in Kerala, the meet will focus on alleged-increased cases of violence against Sangh Parivar cadres in the state, in which the party charges CPI-M, the ruling party in the State, as the main accused.
The party will also chalk out a strategy for Assembly elections in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, due next year. Apart from general secretaries, office bearers and key state leaders, almost all union ministers belonging to BJP, Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of the states ruled by the party are attending the meeting.
The entire Central government machinery, including the PMO, will be functioning from Kozhikode for the next two days.