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BJP national executive meet from Sep 7

india Updated: Aug 12, 2006 19:40 IST

The BJP will hold its next executive meeting for three days, from September 7, in Dehradun in Uttaranchal, where Assembly elections are due next year.

The meeting is expected to discuss election plans for Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, party sources said.

Also, discussions are expected on the party's organisational poll process. This may be the last executive meeting before the term of the party president expires in December this year.

The BJP's national executive meetings, held every three months, take stock of the party's performance over the past quarter of the year and work out plans for the next.

The main Opposition was on the defensive for almost a month—until the Pathak authority report was tabled—because of its leader Jaswant Singh's verbal somersaults on his mole theory, which he finally recanted.

BJP sources say the leadership will, however, make every attempt to keep the focus of the national executive on the upcoming party and Assembly elections and on the UPA's handling of national issues, especially terrorism, economy and graft in public offices.

The event also comes ahead of the expiry of Singh's one-year term as interim president of the party.

The BJP chief is scheduled to mark the start of the meeting with his presidential address. The event, in accordance with party traditions, will be wrapped up with a speech by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, sources said.