Kozhikode meet: BJP to coin new slogan to take on Indira Gandhi's 'garibi hatao'?

The Uri terror attack will be deliberated upon in the three-day BJP National Council meeting.

Kozhikode meet: BJP to coin new slogan to take on Indira Gandhi's 'garibi hatao'?
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Kozhikode: Three-day BJP national council meeting, beginning Friday (coinciding with the birth centenary of its ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay) is expected to articulate party's 'garib kalyan' agenda to reach out to the mariginalised like Dalits and OBCs.

The party is likely to use the occasion to reprise the poor-centric ideology of Upadhyay, who was elected its president in 1967 at the same venue and whose 100th birth anniversary falls on September 25.

The party had earlier formed a committee under the leadership of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to prepare a garib kalyan (welfare of poor) agenda under which its state governments will be asked to achieve certain key objectives in various welfare schemes.

The slogan 'garibi hatao' coined by former PM and Congress' Indira Gandhi, has been one of the most popular slogans on poor and the marginalised in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to arrive here on Saturday and speak at a public meeting, will address the Council on Sunday.

He may announce on Saturday a new slogan against poverty, as per media reports.

Party leaders and cadres also expect PM Modi to speak on Uri attack.

The Uri attack has forced the party to recalibrate its agenda for the Council, likely to be attended by over 1,700 delegates, including all its chief ministers, all its union ministers and top brass from all states, as per PTI.

The party leadership is also expected to deliberate over Assembly polls in several states scheduled for early next year, including in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.

BJP has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh for over 14 years.

(With Agency inputs)

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