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BJP National Council meet today, first after NDA took charge at the Centre

Aug 09, 2014 08:34 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Council is scheduled to meet on Saturday in Delhi to ratify Amit Shah as its party chief. This will be the first national council meeting after the BJP led NDA took charge at the Centre.

The session, to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will start with Shah's ratification as new party chief and conclude with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address. Senior BJP leaders from all over the country are expected to attend the day-long meeting. Apart from Amit Shah's ratification as the new party chief, the national council will also adopt a resolution that will focus on the political and economic issues as well as the initiatives taken by the government.

Strengthening the organization and strategies for the upcoming elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana and Delhi are also on the agenda for the meeting. Apart from PM Modi, senior leaders Rajnath Singh and LK Advani will also address the session.

Shah had taken over as BJP chief on July 9 after Rajnath Singh resigned from the post soon after his joining the Narendra Modi cabinet. Though BJP's parliamentary board, the highest decision-making forum of the party, approved the appointment of Shah, the move has to be ratified by the party's national council, as per the party's constitution.

Shah is credited with scripting BJP's stunning victory in key state of Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha elections that helped BJP get an absolute majority of its own and was rewarded with party chief's post.

50-year-old Shah, the closest aide of PM Modi, was unanimously appointed to the top party post in BJP at its parliamentary board meeting on July 9. After the ratification of his appointment, Shah will form his new team that will lead the party.

Sources say the new team will include a number of young leaders as the party wants to focus on strengthening the bond with voters and the common man while preparing for coming assembly elections in various states. The national council meeting has been organized in Delhi in view of the ongoing Parliament session that is expected to end on August 14.