BJP parliamentary board sets ball rolling for 2019 elections

The board meeting was attended by the party president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other board members.

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New Delhi, March 16: BJP parliamentary board met on Thursday to decide on Uttar Pradesh chief minister and felicitate the party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The board passed resolution moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to congratulate the PM and offer him support. The board also recognised the achievements of the BJP in the meeting. 

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Union Minister Anant Kumar informed media persons that the PM at the party meeting said that youth should be made ambassadors of the good work of the government. The party also decided to continue reaching out to Dalits who voted in huge numbers for them in UP and decided to launch programmes for them on Ambedkar's birth anniversary which falls on April 14. The party will also celebrate its foundation day on April 6 wherein leaders will take part in Clean India campaign with the party members.

Kumar also informed the media that the PM asked party leaders to educate masses on how to use digital payment app BHIM. The members have also been asked to promote Ambedkar's work.

The PM addressed BJP members and said that BJP members should reach out to youth in a big way and publicise the government's work through mobile and educational institutions. He also added that he will not slack or let his governemnt slack.

Shah informed party members at the meeting that people have voted against casteism and dynastic politics. He informed party members that 2019 is the next big challenge for the party, now that the assembly elections (which were a major challenge after 2014 elections) are over. He also said that the party's win shows that people support the welfare schemes launched by the NDA government and that the voters support bold decisions such as demonetisation.

The party also thanked voters for the support and members of the party. The board discussed on the name of UP CM but no announcement was made. The board said that before deciding on the CM's post, it would want consensus of all MLAs and so there has been a delay in the formation of the government in Uttar Pradesh.

The last board meeting of the party discussed the government's strategy for government formation in Goa and Manipur.

[Next UP CM: The suspense continues]

Many names are doing rounds for the CM candidates for UP; despite his denials, Home Minister Rajnath Singh still remains the first contender for the post. The name of Rajnath Singh as CM of UP gained more ground when his security team visited UP recently.

The CM, as the party announced will be sworn in on March 17.

Stay tuned in here for latest updates on the board meeting of BJP.

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