Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Yogi Adityanath compares triple talaq to Draupadis cheer-haran

Keeping its thrust on development agenda, the BJP has embarked on a mission to retain power in 2019, fine-tuning its strategy to woo the poor and a section of Muslims to expand its base.

In his comments on triple talaq, Modi called for justice for the Muslim women but cautioned that it should not lead to any conflict in the Muslim society. The prime minister is also expected to make his concluding remarks during the meeting on Sunday.

"Clearly, the budget has carefully allocated funds for high priority areas that will help country achieve higher economic growth where the poor also gets their due share in the development", it said. Injustice should not be done to them.

Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were in attendance as he asked the organisation to resolve for victory in the next round of assembly elections due in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka, noting that a similar resolve was made a year ago during the national executive meeting in Allahabad for five state elections, including in UP. 'We want to be free of unemployment and poverty'.

Modi also expressed his desire to rid India of social and economic inequities.

These and the tampering of EVMs were seasonal issues that "got manufactured" in the Opposition factories, said Modi. "Before every election, there a new one: Before Delhi polls, it was attack on churches; award wapasi came up before Bihar polls; now it is EVMs", he was quoted as saying. "And right now it is the EVM", the Prime Minister said during the meeting. "We can't simply move forward at a slow pace, but charge ahead with full speed", he said.

"The party and governments should ensure that they benefit from the new look backward commission which has been given a constitutional status", he said.

He said the manner in which the bill was opposed exposed their attitude towards backward classes.

All the 13 BJP chief ministers, including Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath, their deputies and 45 Union ministers are also attending the meet.

Modi asked BJP leaders to reach out to them.

BJP was earlier weak in Odisha, but the situation has changed and now the party is at number two, pushing Congress to third position in local body elections, Shah said.

Calling Shah the BJP's "Chanakya", the 4th century BC economist, teacher, philosopher, jurist and adviser to emperor Chandragupta Maurya, Modi said he had put in huge effort to strengthen the party across the country.

Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is popular not only in the country but overseas too, is BJP's main asset.Modi has been working day-in and day-out for the last three years, he said.

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