BJP national executive meet likely in B'luru next month

BJP national executive meet likely in B'luru next month

The BJP national executive meeting is likely to be held in Bengaluru in January next year.

This will be the first national executive meeting of the BJP to be held outside New Delhi after the party took over the reins of power at the Centre in May this year.

The BJP National Council had met for a day in New Delhi in August this year to ratify the appointment of its national president Amit Shah.

BJP sources told Deccan Herald that Shah was keen on having the national executive meeting in Bengaluru as the party wants to send a political message by holding the conclave on Congress turf.

Karnataka is the only major State in the country to be ruled by the Congress.  
Besides, the party, with its impressive performance in the Lok Sabha polls, followed by that in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections, has set its eyes on making inroads into the south, the sources said.

Karnataka has always been portrayed as the party’s gateway to the south.

When contacted, State BJP president Pralhad Joshi said Shah had indicated to him about holding the national executive in Bengaluru and was awaiting further instructions. The last time the party held its national conclave in Bengaluru was in September 2008.

Besides Shah, the 245-member national executive includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief ministers of BJP- ruled states, central office-bearers, special invitees and presidents of the state units of the party, among others.

Core committee meetinga
The State BJP will be holding its core committee meeting in New Delhi on Monday. Senior party leaders and members of the committee, including Ananth Kumar, Joshi, D V Sadananda Gowda, B S Yeddyurappa, are already in the national capital to attend the winter session of Parliament.

Plan of action
Joshi said that the party will draw a plan of action to take on the government for withdrawing a bill that proposed to impose strict ban on cow slaughter.

The State Assembly on Saturday withdrew the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Protection Bill, 2010 amid dharna and slogan shouting by the BJP in the well of the house.

The bill, passed during the BJP regime, sought to ban slaughter of cattle and impose stringent punishment for violations.

Joshi said the party would also oppose “tooth and nail” the State government’s proposal to take over religious mutts if they are being “mismanaged.”

Law Minister T B Jayachandra had tabled the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Bill, 2014, in the Legislative Assembly on the concluding day of the Belagavi legislature session again amid din by the protesting BJP members.

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