‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’: Modi’s slogan for 2019 polls

NEW DELHI, Sep 9: Setting the tone for ensuing 2019 Parliamentary elections, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Sunday coined a new slogan, ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’, highlighting his party’s commitment to its core values and country’s progress and forward march under its rule.
While addressing BJP’s National Executive meet, Modi said that the slogan ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’ will also pay tributes to the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The new slogan, ‘Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP’, means an India which is victorious and cannot be subjugated by anyone and a party which is committed to its principles, Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said while briefing the media about Modi’s speech in the closed-door meeting.
Taking a dig at efforts by opposition parties to stitch together a grand alliance against the BJP, Modi said, “People who do not see eye to eye are thinking of a grand alliance. It is vindication of our work.” He said that none, not even smaller parties, are ready to accept the leadership of Congress in such an alliance. Describing his vision for the country, the Prime Minister said, “I want the country to be affluent, but its bedrock should be simplicity.”
BJP President, Amit Shah, on the first day of the National Executive meeting had said the BJP will fight 2019 elections on the strength of its performance in the past five years, making light of the ‘grand alliance’. The National Executive meeting affords an opportunity for BJP to take stock of the political situation and discuss strategy for elections in the face of Opposition attempts to cobble together a broad-based coalition to take on the ruling National Democratic Alliance. Even arch-rivals such as Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh have been in talks to contest the next Parliamentary elections together to stop BJP’s juggernaut.
“Expressing confidence about his party coming back to power in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Amit Shah has said that his party will rule the country for next 50 years. Amit Shah said that the party will win 2019 elections because of its performance and then no one can dethrone the BJP for next 50 years,” Prasad added quoting the Party President. He said since Narendra Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, the party has never lost an election and continues to remain in power in the State because of BJP’s performance.
Meawwhile, While briefing the media, the Union minister, Prakash Javdekar said that opposition’s plan to defeat the Saffron party was a ‘day-dream’, as a lot of developmental work has been done in last four years, and a New India will by formed by 2022. “Our Government has vision, passion and imagination, and the works of the Government can be seen on ground level. By 2022, India will be free of terrorism, casteism, communalism and none will be homeless,” Javadekar said. “The opposition is frustrated and it neither has leader nor policy; its sole agenda is just to stop the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,” Javadekar said. He said that Modi was the most popular leader in the country and even after 4 years in power, Modi’s approval rating is more than 70%. The Minister further claimed that BJP will win with an even bigger majority in 2019.