'A year in office, BJP has become central pole'

Last Updated 23 May 2015, 19:53 IST

A year in office, the BJP thinks that its government’s performance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the party the central pole of Indian politics.

Addressing his second press conference in the last two days, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the national polity will now be guided along pro-BJP and anti-BJP lines.In an exercise similar to BJP’s pre-election blitz, the party will hold 200 rallies on completion of one year by its government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the first rally in BJP idealogue Deendayal Upadhyaya’s native village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 25.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar said the BJP's celebratory plans were part of the “Jan Kalyan Parv” from May 25 to May 31. He said all Union ministers, party MPs, chief ministers and MLAs, besides central and state office bearers of the party will travel across the country to highlight the government's achievements.

Kumar said there will a total of 200 press conferences to take the initiatives of the Narendra Modi-led government to the people.

Kumar said exhibitions and melas will be put up at various places in the country to highlight the new social security schemes of the government to help people benefit from them.

Jaitley, who spoke at the BJP headquarters, said the party and the government together displayed a lot of coordination and there is enthusiasm among party workers across the country. “Our party and our cadres are proud of our performance.” 

The FM said "Policy paralysis (of the UPA era) has been replaced by quick decision-making process, reluctance has been replaced by decisiveness. There is clarity of direction in the government. A very big change is that corruption has been replaced by transparent governance. Crony capitalism has been replaced by liberal policy-based governance." 

“Unlike UPA’s attempt to reduce the stature of the Prime Minister by setting up power centre outside the government, we always felt such a system cannot continue in a democracy and we have reversed that,” Jaitley said. “The last year has restored the credibility, dignity and stature of the Prime Minister's Office. In this government, the last word belongs to the Prime Minister and that is how it should be,” he said. Jaitley said minorities in the country were safe and in the last one year, government has made attempts to ensure there is no social tension.

He said the BJP had told its ministers and MPs to avoid provocative statements. Describing incidents like attacks on churches as law and order issues, he said, “Today all such religious institutions have been provided with security, which was never there in the past.”

(Published 23 May 2015, 19:53 IST)

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