New Delhi: A two-day coordination meeting that ended on Monday saw the BJP getting inputs from RSS and other Sangh-affiliated organisations for its manifesto as well as directions for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The 12-hour long meeting- with some breaks in between- held yesterday and the six-hours spent today by the top brass of the RSS, BJP, VHP and 11 other Sangh outfits discussed the state of the economy, internal and external security situation, agriculture scenario in the country, the status of women, youth, Dalits and tribals and the road ahead.
Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari spoke on the core issues that the party has espoused since its inception- the Ram Janambhoomi movement and the current developments on the issue, special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, cow protection and preserving Ganga river.
BJP President Rajnath Singh gave a perspective on the party`s preparations for the next Lok Sabha elections and its roadmap for the near future. This presentation dealt with the political issues and how the BJP should wrest power from the Congress after a 10-year hiatus.
"This meeting was not held for taking any decisions on the Prime Ministerial candidate. BJP had sought suggestions from the Sangh affiliate organisations about issues. They have got a lot of good inputs from the conclave for their election manifesto. The party will also take inputs from states where it is in power," RSS propaganda Chief Manmohan Vaidya told reporters after the conclave.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley spoke on internal and external security situation, his Lok Sabha counterpart Sushma Swaraj on women, youth, Dalits and tribals, Murli Manohar Joshi on the state of the economy and failures of UPA government and M Venkaiah Naidu on agriculture.
"Others gave their views on these issues and good discussions took place," Vaidya said.
This coordination meeting- which is held twice every year- assumes significance as it was held when elections are just a few months away.