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The BJP today described the Narendra Modi government’s welfare policies as “revolutionary” and asked the people to take a “pledge” to return him to power in 2019 so that its development policies continue.

“The Prime Minister, in the last three years of his tenure with his hard work, has translated his words into action and confidence amongst the people,” said the political resolution passed at a two-day meeting of the National Executive.

Briefing reporters, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said “The government scores high on every parameter and election results are a proof. Election results have established Modi as the most effective and popular leader after Independence. His popularity among the people of India has confirmed that he is the most admired and respected leader since the time of Independence.”

As opponents plan to remain relevant in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the ruling BJP has in place the strategy to wean away the mainstay of regional parties and also the Congress ,the vote banks constituting the large numbers of other backward classes in the country.

Two resolutions were passed by the BJP’s national executive today, one a routine combination of all political and economic achievements of the party and the second one focusing completely on the Center’s “historic decision to ensure delivery of justice to all sections of the society” by awarding “Constitutional status to the National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes” and the way Congress and some other parties were stalling it.

A resolution adopted by its national executive cited measures like the GST, the health policy, the Mudra loans and the Jan Dhan accounts to underscore its pro-poor credentials and asserted that the “pro-poor” plank, which was with the Congress during the Indira Gandhis leadership, has shifted to it as the prime minister has earned the trust of the people.

Hailing the GST law, it said the new tax measure will have a positive effect on the common man by reducing inflation and the business sector will grow which in turn will create many employment opportunities. “The passing of GST in terms of economic reforms is a historic achievement of the central government,” it said.

Under Modi, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set the world record by successfully launching 104 satellites in space in one go, the resolution said. India has emerged as the “brightest nation on the globe,” it said.

It also hailed the government for its move on electoral reforms and transparency in donations, calling them historic.

This victory in Uttar Pradesh is also important because BJP MLAs by and large represent all the sections of the society, it claimed.

Though the party reached out to the SCs and OBCs and it was criticised by rivals for not giving any ticket to Muslims, who are close to 20 per cent of the states population.

For the first time people are voting for development instead of caste and religious identities, the party claimed, as it cited its massive win in Uttar Pradesh and rise in Manipur to make its point.

“The BJP calls upon the people of our country to take a pledge to form a government under the leadership of Narendra Modi in 2019 in order to have the continuity of development and welfare policies for all in the country,” the resolution said.

It is due to the people-friendly policies and schemes that the government has rolled out, the poor have started feeling a sense of trust and belonging in the present government, it said. The government has been able to achieve high growth and control inflation, it said.

Praising the budget, it said the idea was to have “one budget for one nation”, a reference to the merger of railway budget into the general budget, and since it was presented on February 1, there is an increased efficiency in implementation of schemes.

“In the total outlay of Rs 21.47 lakh crore in the budget, preference has been given to the poor, differently abled, women, child, construction sector, defence sector, infrastructure, health, insurance and social security.

“The budget has made provisions of Rs 2.74 lakh crore for the defence sector, Rs. 3.96 lakh crore for development of infrastructure, Rs 64,000 crore for highway development, Rs 1.86 lakh crore for women welfare fund and Rs 1 lakh crore for railway safety.

“After the formation of the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuming the charge, India’s goodwill has increased at global level. The world is now looking towards India,” it said.

The resolution, however, made no mention of the BJP’s core issues like Ram Mandir, Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code. Even the issue of the ban on cow slaughter not discussed.