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Shah to lead BJP’s charge in 2019

Shah to lead BJP’s charge in 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP senior leader LK Advani during BJP National Executive meet, in Delhi, Saturday.
NEW DELHI, SEP 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/8/2018 12:27:31 PM IST

Bharatiya Janata Party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under national president Amit Shah, putting off its internal elections until then.

BJP on Saturday decided to defer its organisational elections to pave the way for Amit Shah to continue as President until the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

BJP president Amit Shah kick-started the two-day party national executive here on Saturday with an aggressive pep talk.

Unveiling the slogan ‘Ajeya BJP’ (victorious BJP), Shah urged partymen to work for victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, where he will be leading the party, as organisational polls have been suspended till the general election is over.

Shah urged partymen to work for a bigger victory than 2014, saying that while the BJP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was working towards “making India,” the Opposition was busy supporting “breaking India” forces.

Briefing the press after Shah’s speech at the closed-door meeting, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Prime Minister Modi and the BJP have been hard at work with ‘making India,’ but the Congress was busy with ‘breaking India’,” quoting Shah.

Briefing about the ongoing two-day national executive meeting where a host of issues are being discussed in the backdrop of growing unhappiness in the upper castes over the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, Sitharaman quoted Shah as saying that the BJP would return to power in 2019 with a “bigger and better margin”.

Shah claimed opposition was spreading “misinformation” about the SC/ST Act, while Sitharaman said that the BJP president did not say anything about upper caste protests over amendment to the Act.

“BJP will approach the next Lok Sabha elections by taking to the people good work done by the government between 2014 and 2019 the people of the country,” Shah said.

According to the party constitution, any eligible member can hold the post of president for two-consecutive terms of three-years each.

Shah was elected unopposed as the party president on January 24, 2016, for a second term, this time for a full tenure of three years. He had earlier completed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s interrupted tenure as president from July 2014. His second term will end on January 26, 2019.

 

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