Next 100 days crucial to cross 370 deats: Modi to BJP workers

Asserting that the next 100 days are crucial for winning the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the BJP rank and file to work untiringly till the target of crossing 370 seats is achieved. The thrust of his valedictory address at the party national council here on Sunday was on the welfare schemes, women and the youth, especially first-time voters.

With the announcement of general elections just weeks away, the two-day BJP conclave dealt primarily with the broad strategy of winning a third consecutive term at the Centre. The prime minister underlined that the elections should be the focus of the BJP workers in the coming days.

“Every BJP worker keeps working 24 hours a day throughout the year in service of the country but the coming 100 days are for working with new energy, spirit, enthusiasm, faith and zeal. “Today is February 18 and those young people who have turned 18 are going to vote for electing the 18th Lok Sabha. We have to dedicate ourselves for the next 100 days. We have to reach out to every new voter, labharthi (beneficiary of welfare scheme), every strata, section, community, and belief. We have to win the trust of everybody,” Modi said, adding that party workers should give his regards to each prospective voter they met.

In a one-hour speech that touched upon various achievements of his government in the last decade, Modi addressed 11,500 party office-bearers, ministers and lawmakers from across the country who had gathered. He made a special mention of the steps taken by his government for the welfare of women, youth, and the poor.

He said if every party worker makes an effort, BJP can win the highest number of seats. The next five years will be crucial in the country’s rapid march towards becoming a developed nation but this is possible only if the BJP makes a strong comeback. “Today, even the Opposition is raising the slogan of NDA crossing the 400-seat mark. But for this to happen, BJP will have to cross the 370 milestone… Some people tell me why make so much effort to win another election when so many significant achievements have already been made. Running a clean government for a decade and uplifting 25 crore people from poverty is no mean achievement. The whole country concurs with this,” he said.

The prime minister maintained that he is not vying for a third term for his own sake but for achieving some more significant and far-reaching goals. “I do not work for rajneeti (political gains) but for Rashtra-neeti (nation’s growth),” he said.Modi said the Opposition does not have the capability to achieve the big targets and it can only engage in making false promises. “It is the duty of every BJP worker to save the country and its youth from the Congress. We all have the Congress track record in front of us. Congress is the creator of instability, family-based politics, corruption, and appeasement politics. In the 1970s when the anger against Congress was increased it resorted to causing instability (Emergency)… Today also they are conspiring to cause instability. They have formed this (INDIA) bloc with the same aim,” he said.He alleged that Congress has no development agenda, roadmap for future and is busy dividing the nation on the basis of region and language. While the January 22 consecration of the Ram temple at Ayodhya was highlighted in a resolution and through speeches and slogans by various leaders, the prime minister appeared to tactically highlight it but not make it the main theme of his address.

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