NDA to Fight 2019 Lok Sabha Polls Under PM Modi's Leadership

The party cannot 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. PTI file

"Despite having the big-brother status in the NDA, we have cared for our allies". Modi said delivery systems have to improve, focus should be on transition towards digital mode of payments and push for electoral reforms, including simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

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.

Addressing the media, Financial Minister Arun Jaitley said the NDA meeting endorsed the government's policies, especially its "pro-poor policy". "They need to carry forward the government's work among the masses", a BJP MP who attended the meeting quoted PM Modi's saying. Top leaders from NDA partners met on Monday in New Delhi and adopted a resolution that declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi the next prime ministerial candidate. It came even as the Opposition anti-BJP-NDA forces rallied against the ruling combination as part of their joint strategy to take on the BJP-led alliance in 2019 and in states like Gujarat, where assembly polls are due later this year. The meeting began with the inaugural address by BJP President Amit Shah.

This will be the first time Uddhav will meet Modi and Shah in Delhi after attending the Union Cabinet's swearing-in ceremony in May 2014, sources in the Sena told The Indian Express.

Asked if there was any discussion about the presidential elections, the minister categorically denied it. Mr Jaitley said, the schemes being implemented by the NDA government at the Centre for the welfare of the poor are being supported by the people in the country. The BJP's oldest pro-Hindutva ally was seen playing the hard ball over the issue so far.

The prime minister was aware that the sweeping mandate that the BJP has got, also comes with huge expectations and for meeting those the government must work with speed.

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is likely to visit the 11 century Lingaraj temple here during his two-day Odisha tour to attend the BJP national executive here.

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".

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