With eye on 2019, Modi aims to reach out to youth

With eye on 2019, Modi aims to reach out to youth

Refusing to rest on the laurels of the massive win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked BJP ministers and leaders to campaign for schemes with the 2019 polls in mind.

Addressing the BJP parliamentary board for the first time since the victory, Modi identified three programmes for the party, which would begin on April 6, to mark the party’s founding day, and end on April 14, the birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

The prime minister asked party workers to hold Swachh Bharat campaigns at the booth level to mark the party’s foundation day, while asking them to promote the BHIM app on Ambedkar’s birthday.

The prime minister thinks the digital payment app would bring about a “social transformation” among street vendors, said a leader present at the meeting.

After the meeting, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters that the party would hold week-long events leading up to Ambedkar’s birth anniversary.

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