Modi gives NDA 'New India' goal, sets tone for 2019

Posted April 12, 2017

A resolution passed at the meeting said, "In the extraordinary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has succeeded in establishing its identity in the world as a fast growing economy".

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party shares an uneasy relationship with the BJP, was present.A notable absentee was Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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Naidu said in just three years, Modi had emerged as the messiah of the poor.

This is only the second meeting of top NDA leaders since the alliance stormed to power in 2014 and could result in smoothing over any differences between the BJP and many of its small allies, some of whom have often complained about the lack of communication.

"The leaders from parties from different parts would not only signify our gaining strength and influence but also express BJP's willingness to work with allies", an unidentified BJP leader told The Economic Times.

"To continue with the development and poor welfare programs, NDA urges the citizens of the country to be determined to give huge majority to NDA under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019", the resolution said. The meeting began with the inaugural address by BJP President Amit Shah. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, Former Punjab Chief Minister and Akali stalwart Prakash Singh Badal, Union Minister and LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan were among those who attended the meeting.

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While the previous Congress-led UPA government left behind a "corrupt and supine" governance structure, the Modi- led NDA government changed it and took every section of the society along as it worked on its development agenda, it said.

In the aftermath of several run-ins with the Shiv Sena, including the recent kerfuffle involving Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, the BJP will see the dinner as a chance to bury the hatchet.

The Modi government will complete 3 years at the Centre on May 20, 2017, and a good two years are left for this government.

He asked party MPs to claim credit for the government's achievements, saying they will be its face when it fights the next elections. "India is the only country that is going to grow in double digits and it is only possible with Modi's leadership", Naidu added.

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