Bhubaneswar, Apr 16: The political resolution adopted by the BJP National Executive which began here Saturday, mentioned that 2016 was a very successful year for the BJP. The unexpected electoral victories in the North-east starting with the massive win in Assam assembly polls where the party won a two-thirds majority, the party has made effective inroads in other states like Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
In Arunachal Pradesh the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his 33 MLAs joined the BJP thus paving the way for Arunachal Pradesh to become the 10th state ruled by the party. Manipur is the latest example of BJP’s electoral success in the region, the resolution noted.
The BJP has registered convincing victories in the by-elections held to the Lok Sabha and different Vidhan Sabhas in states like Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. Its showing in the Left-dominated Tripura, where it is slowly but surely emerging as the credible alternative to the Left Front pushing back parties like Congress and TMC, can’t be overlooked. In Bengal too, the Party has weathered the brute politics of the ruling party and emerged as a strong runner up in recent by-polls.
The BJP has registered thumping victory in the local body elections held in states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. BJP’s landslide victory in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections needs special mention where it has almost swept the polls winning 21 out of 26 seats. It needs to be remembered that most of these elections were held after the announcement of demonetisation scheme by PM Modi. It is not an overstatement to claim that the results are a vindication of the unqualified popular support to the demonetisation program.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar while addressing a press conference Sunday morning had rightly said that the opposition had opposed and criticised the demonetisation and note ban decisions of the Prime Minister but the common people understood their import and supported the BJP in these elections.
Anti-people and Anti-democracy Opposition:
The national executive strongly censured the anti-people and anti-democracy acts and deeds of the Opposition parties. The behaviour of the parties led by the Congress in stalling the entire session of the Parliament betrayed their scant respect for democratic institutions. Obstruction and obfuscation has become the hallmark of the Opposition politics in the country, the resolution said.
Launching criticism against the TMC government of West Bengal the resolution said that normal functioning of a political activity has become ‘difficult under the draconian TMC rule’. It also took the notice of growing attacks on BJP activists in Bengal and Kerala saying that the attacks pointed to extreme and violent form of political intolerance practised by the ruling parties in those states.
This was a sad commentary on the bureaucracy and law and order machinery that they too seem to have become mute spectators to the situation where lawlessness and crime ruled the roost.
The resolution also took cognizance of the extreme appeasement politics stating that such politics have led to communal tension and strife in these states. The BJP alleged that government machinery was misused to allow the perpetrators to go scot-free if not clandestinely support them.
failure of the TMC government in Bengal in safeguarding the majority law-abiding community is most glaring in the recent Dhulagarh riots where the rioters went about torching houses and shouting slogans like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ while the state police had looked the other way, the resolution said.
The BJP national executive bemoaned the silence of the media and intelligentsia over the Fascist oppression of fundamental political rights in these states. “Their silence is baffling even when their own colleagues are being subjected to violation of their fundamental rights like free speech etc.”, the resolution said. “Their silence tantamount to complicity only”, the resolution reminded these so-called torchbearers of human rights and civil liberties.
The resolution further expressed sympathy for the people affected by communal and political violence in these states, and warned that it would intensify democratic protest programs to awaken people to the misrule of the governments in Bengal and Kerala.
Surgical Strikes – Zero tolerance to terrorism:
The political resolution congratulated the Prime Minister and Indian Armed forces for successfully carrying out the surgical strikes and destroying the Pakistani-supported terrorist training camps inside the PoK. These strikes showed to the world that India is led by a government today that is committed to securing its borders and interests with strong determination and will power, the resolution said.
That the strikes have had the required effect on our neighbour can be gauged from the fact that there is near normal silence on the Indo-Pak border in the last few weeks and also the initiative taken by Pakistan to call for DGMO level talks between the two countries.
India has always demonstrated its urge and desire for peaceful and friendly relations with all its neighbours including Pakistan. PM Modi’s motto – ‘Together We Grow’ – envisions a combined and integrated future of all the Indian Ocean neighbours.
It is in the interest of Pakistan and also the bilateral relations between our two countries that the Nawaz Sheriff government takes concrete and credible steps to end terror factories on its soil and the clandestine support extended to them by Pakistan’s official agencies like the ISI.
Terrorism is today seen by the democratic and civilised world as a scourge whereas Pakistan continues to use it as state policy. It continues to push terrorists into India and other countries in the world and engages in terror attacks and promotes violent insurgent and separatist movement in J&K.
The surgical strikes ordered by the Prime Minister and the total rejection of the separatist agenda by the people and governments of J&K and the Centre are a categorical assertion to Pakistan that its ulterior designs shall never succeed and the government led by PM Modi will continue to demonstrate zero tolerance for terrorism; and it reserves every right to respond to such threats in an appropriate and out-of-the-box manner in future also.
This year, the country is celebrating the birth anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the ideological mentor of the nationalist movement. Inspired by his Antyodaya vision the Modi government has taken up countless initiatives for the welfare and wellbeing of the poor, downtrodden, farmers, daily wage earners, workers and senior citizens.
The Prime Minister in his New Year eve address has offered several incentives for the urban and rural poor, farmers, pregnant women, small and medium industries and senior citizens. These new incentives are going to not only benefit the poor and marginalised but also various other segments of the society by kick-starting the economy in a big way, the resolution mentioned.
Prime Minister Modi’s vision is transformative, it said adding that all the above mentioned schemes and programs are intended to bring about a fundamental course correction and transformation at the grassroots. A new culture of honesty, discipline, commitment and patriotism is the end goal of these measures by our government.
The resolution lauded the PM’s relentless efforts in leading from the front to usher in a new work culture and ethics where honesty is respected and rewarded and dishonest are shown the path of reform.
Making a positive comment on the ever soaring popularity of the Prime Minister the resolution said that he was included amongst the top ten most popular global leaders by the Time Magazine.
“This unmatched popularity of the PM is a reflection the endorsement of the people of the country for his transformative policies and programs”, the resolution observed.