NDA acknowledges Modi as 'most popular' leader since Independence

The NDA meeting on Monday was an attempt to reaffirm the alliance's unity in the aftermath of the heat and dust of the assembly polls and local body elections in some states.

The party can not afford a poor show in state elections as Modi gained popularity in the country on the "Gujarat model of development", following which the voters in the country elevated him to the chair of Prime Minister in 2014.

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.

"The Prime Minister told the members that there is an environment in the country in favour of the NDA and BJP". Replying to a question as to whether presidential election also came up for discussion, Jaitley said, "It was not on the agenda". "The fact that 33 parties, which represent every section of the country, attended (the meeting) demonstrates the expansion of the NDA under the leadership of Modi".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be looking beyond 2019 general elections as he urged NDA allies to work towards realisation of New India by 2022, which will make the countrymen proud.

Thackeray also praised the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for farm loan waiver but insisted that the BJP dispensation in Maharashtra follow suit given the agrarian tragedy and hardship in the state.

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In the meeting review on Centre government's policies for past 3 years was made. Uddhav will leave for Delhi around 1pm and will be accompanied by Aaditya.

BJP sources said the meeting will be a show of strength by the ruling alliance as well as an exercise in taking stock of the national political scene.

BJP's Amit Shah started addressing the meeting, and it was finished by Prime Minister. The BJP's oldest pro-Hindutva ally was seen playing the hard ball over the issue so far.

"The NDA allies also passed a resolution to work together to win a second term under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Modi in 2019", he said.

The NDA resolution underlined India's emergence as a leading developing economy under Modi's "extraordinary" leadership and economic experts and institutions have acknowledged it as a "great achievement".

"Take inspiration from Hanuman, He never took anything from anyone but he kept giving".

  • Douglas Reid