NDA to fight 2019 Lok Sabha polls under PM Modi's leadership

Top leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) arrived at the national capital-based Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra and held a meeting on Monday. "Similarly, MPs must go ahead without waiting for instructions", a BJP MP who attended the meeting quoted Modi as saying.

The Prime Minister has already sounded the bugle for the party's preparations for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections soon after the assembly polls.

BJP sources said the meeting will be a show of strength by the ruling alliance as well as an exercise in taking stock of the national political scene.

He also urged the allies to consider convening the assembly in their respective states for a day to fix individual development agenda for the next five years.

Replying to an identical question, TDP Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said NDA partners will collectively take a call on that whenever the issue was deliberated upon. NDA representatives lauded PM Modi's efforts in providing a corruption-free government at the Centre.

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With presidential election round the corner, the BJP is hopeful of securing the support of the Shiv Sena's contingent of 18 MPs and 63 MLAs after the Shah-Thackeray meeting.

"The NDA allies also passed a resolution to work together to win a second term under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Modi in 2019", he said. The meeting started with a welcome address by BJP chief Amit Shah and concluded with Modi's speech. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, Former Punjab Chief Minister and Akali stalwart Prakash Singh Badal, Union Minister and LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan were among those who attended the meeting.

Speaking on relationship with Shiv Sena, Jaitley said, "Shiv Sena is the oldest BJP ally". Even China can't. This is possible only under Modi's leadership.

The NDA resolution underlined India's emergence as a leading developing economy under Modi's "extraordinary" leadership and economic experts and institutions have acknowledged it as a "great achievement". "While he congratulated the Uttar Pradesh government's decision, he asked the PM to implement the same in Maharashtra as well", said a Sena leader.

The prime minister was aware that the sweeping mandate that the BJP has got, also comes with huge expectations and for meeting those the government must work with speed.

  • Toni Ryan