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BJP hopes to cash in on demonetisation and surgical strikes

 Simontini Bhattacharjee |  2017-01-07 00:12:52.0  |  New Delhi

BJP hopes to cash in on demonetisation and  surgical strikes

Projecting demonetisation in a big way with an eye on the coming assembly polls, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday asserted that the party has snatched the “pro-poor” plank of Congress and other parties and claimed that the poor was now backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Making it apparent that demonetisation along with the surgical strikes across the LoC will be two major campaign issues for the party, Shah described them as “historic”, claiming that the note ban decision would result in more revenues that would be spent on pro-poor welfare measures.

In his inaugural address to the party’s national executive, he targeted the rivals criticising demonetisation, saying they used to earlier question what the government has done against black money and now they are asking why it took such a decision.

“Their shift from what to why has exposed them,” he said, asserting that BJP will win the polls in all five states–Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Referring to the party’s last national executive meeting held in Kozhikode in September, he said its leaders then had felt the pain of Uri terror attacks as he highlighted the two “historic” decisions of the government afterwards.

“For the first time India carried out such a surgical strike. The whole world appreciated India’s strength. It was an example of great bravery. This surgical strike is India’s answer to terrorism. BJP always spoke about its policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and has now acted accordingly.

“Demonetisation was also a brave and historic decision.

People voted for us not merely to run the country but to turn it around and change the poor’s fate. They wanted us to start welfare schemes for the poor and do more for them. That is why people have appreciated it and the poor backing it,” he said.

Claiming that various surveys have shown overwhelming public support to the exercise, he said it has rattled the opposition.

Briefing reporters about Shah’s address, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the BJP president expressed confidence that both decisions will find a positive mention in history.

While asked about Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s demand for “National Government” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ouster, Javadekar rubbished it and said that the National Executive meeting was a wider platform. Both the party and the party president don’t feel the need of discussing any comment of Banerjee in such an important meeting, he added.

Simontini Bhattacharjee

Simontini Bhattacharjee

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