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Modi’s address to BJP MPs, key party meet today

 

New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address BJP MPs Thursday and it will be followed by a seven-hour meeting of its key organisational leaders.

The meetings come against the backdrop of five state poll results Tuesday handing the party its biggest electoral setback since it stormed to power at the Centre in 2014.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost power to the Congress in all three states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan — it ruled, and its ambition of emerging as a strong power in Telangana all but evaporated as its tally fell to one seat from the earlier five.

In Mizoram, the BJP won one seat while the opposition Mizo National Front defeated the ruling Congress.

Modi addresses the BJP parliamentary party almost every week when Parliament is in session but his speech assumes more significance following the party’s losses in the assembly elections.

He is expected to touch upon the election results, and throw light on the road ahead as the party gives final touch to its campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Later in the day, BJP president Amit Shah will preside over a meeting of its national office-bearers, state unit presidents and those looking after the organisational affairs, official sources said.

The meeting is scheduled to start in the afternoon and is slated to go late into the evening.

Noting that the meeting was planned before the results were announced, the sources said Shah is expected to elicit feedback from party leaders on a host of organisational issues.

The losses for the BJP in the three Hindi heartland states are a big blow to it as it had 62 seats of the 65 Lok Sabha constituencies there in 2014.

A strong show in these states is a must for the party if it has come to anywhere close to its stellar performance in the last general elections when it won 282 seats out of the total 543.

‘BJP accepts people’s mandate with humility’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Congress for its victory in Assembly polls and said the BJP, which has suffered reverses in the elections, accepts people’s mandate with humility.

In a tweet, Modi also congratulated Telangana Chief Minister K.C. Rao for his party’s landslide win in the State and the Mizo National Front for its victory in Mizoram.

With the BJP suffering setbacks in its strongholds, Modi sought to boost the morale of its workers, saying they worked day and night and that he saluted their hard work. “Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India,” Modi said.

In another tweet, he said, “Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram.”

The Prime Minister thanked the people of Hindi heartland States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving the BJP the opportunity to serve. “The BJP governments in these States worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people,”  Modi said.

 

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