Era of dynastic politics over, says PM Narendra Modi

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that BJP’s victory in Karnataka marks another step towards ending the rule of dynasty in politics. He asked the party office-bearers and cadre to work towards nation building and not serve the interests of any political family, an oblique dig at the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Addressing the national executive meeting of all BJP fronts at the Centre and state units, Modi said the party rank and file should not strive to serve any political dynasty or family but put in hard work for nation-building. He reiterated the party slogan of “nation-first”. “The era of political dynasties is over. For us hard work means working for the nation. The cadre should work for the nation and not just for the party,” Modi told the Morcha heads and its members.

The party will also work towards spreading the word about Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations. “The Prime Minister emphasised that the Gram Swaraj programme under which BJP ministers, officebearers and leaders visited 21,000 villages across the country was a huge success. These villages should be revisitedby BJP morchas and party workers. He set the target of reaching out to 22 crore poor families and educated them about the achievements of the NDA government in the last four years,” a senior BJP leader said, preferring anonymity.

The cadre was advised to especially focus on youth, poor, villagers and women ahead of the 2019 elections. The party central leadership has been holding meetings of its office-bearers from across the country to train them on how they need to increase BJP footprint in all regions. BJP has six Morchas or fronts-Mahila, Yuva, Kisan, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBCat the Centre and its branches in all state units.

The Morcha heads were directed to tell their members to work in their local areas where they would have more influence. BJP chief Amit Shah delivered the inaugural address where he asked the party to ensure that it comes back to power in 2019 with a margin higher than the 2014 seat tally of 282 seats in the Lok Sabha.

He also criticised the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi. Shah said Congress had ruled from Panchayats to Parliament from 1947 to 1967 but did not work for the welfare of the poor. BJP will now have to ensure that it rules from the grassroots to Parliament and alleviate the suffering of the poor and the downtrodden.

“Congress is anti-poor and has not worked for poverty alleviation. It will take 40 years to undo what Congress did during its rule,” Shah said.

Source: Economic Times