BJP National Executive to meet in Delhi on January 19

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New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) The BJP National Executive and the National Council meetings will be held on January 19 and 20 and 21 here respectively to deliberate on the results of Gujarat assembly elections and prepare its strategy for next big electoral battles-Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.

According to informed party sources, the party considered Karnataka as the next major political battle where the it had a shaky start when its Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa had to resign the post after the Janata Dal (Secular) of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda refused to support him in the confidence vote in the State Assembly.

The party, which was the single largest party in the dissolved Assembly, now aspires to have its own majority in the 224-member House projecting Mr Yeddiyurappa as the victim of political conspiracy, the sources said.

After Gujarat, the party will seek to retain the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after ruling them for the last five years. Madhya Pradesh has seen three Chief Ministers - Uma Bharti, Babulal Gaur and Shivraj Singh Chauhan during the term, while Ms Vasundhara Raje and Mr Raman Singh have ruled their states unchanged. The party will have to find ways of overcoming anti-incumbency factor for remaining in power for the next five-year term.

The two-day National Council meeting will implement the report of senior party leader Sushma Swaraj on the 33 per cent reservation for women on all panels and decision making bodies. The party will have to amend the party constitution to facilitate the implementation of this report which was adopted in its Bhopal Executive.

This move would make the BJP the first ever political outfit in the country to accord 33 per cent reservation for women in managing the party at a time when it had to face the political onslaught that it was an ''anti-women's party.'' The party would also demand the implementation of Women's Reservation Bill providing for reservation for women in Parliament and state Legislatures, the sources added.

UNI

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