A political resolution moved by the BJP national executive on Monday accused the opposition of waging a negative campaign on several issues against the government and launching “personal attacks” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the Supreme Court verdicts exposed it.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju proposed the resolution at a key meeting, a sign of his rising profile in the party as he spearheads the government’s position on legal and judicial issues, and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Karnataka Minister Govind Karjol supported it. Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters.
While Rijiju is a tribal, Maurya belongs to the Other Backward Class and Karjol is from the SC community, social groups that the BJP has targeted with considerable electoral success in the last few years.
Citing a number of issues on which the opposition had built a campaign against the government, including Rafale, Pegasus, the Central Vista project, demonetisation and EWS quota, Sitharaman said the Supreme Court verdicts in favor of the government exposed this.
Baseless and personal allegations were leveled against PM Modi, but the overwhelming legal response exposed the opposition, she said, referring to the political resolution.
She said that Prime Minister Modi is considered an incorruptible leader who works in the interest of the country and whose leadership has found respect across the world. She added that India’s image has also improved under his leadership.
Modi’s assertion that this is not an era of war during his phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin was echoed in the G20 Bali declaration and his push for United Nations reform was acknowledged, she said.
The political resolution lauded the BJP’s historic verdict in the Gujarat assembly elections and a series of by-polls to confirm that it will have an impact on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP said it may have lost the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections but its vote share was only one percent lower than in Congress. In the second session of the meeting, the BJP state units of the four states Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Karnataka reported on the political activities in those states.