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BJP raring to take on govt, but fingers crossed on Modi

In the backdrop of the rising inflation, sliding rupee and charges of corruption against the UPA government, the BJP is looking at its national executive meet — set to begin in Mumbai on Thursday — as an opportunity to put the ruling alliance on the mat. Vikas Pathak reports.

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2012 01:56 IST
Vikas Pathak

In the backdrop of the rising inflation, sliding rupee and charges of corruption against the UPA government, the BJP is looking at its national executive meet — set to begin in Mumbai on Thursday — as an opportunity to put the ruling alliance on the mat.

However, with the attendance of the party’s superstar — Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi — still under a cloud, the party fears that his absence could wash away the event. The BJP strongman had skipped the previous executive meet in Delhi last October.

Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told HT that the party is raring to hit out at the government over the galloping inflation and rampant instances of corruption. The party would bring out an economic resolution focusing on inflation and the country's economic situation — factoring in issues such as the falling rupee, declining GDP growth rate and dwindling exports.

Hitting out hard at the UPA over the latest hike in fuel prices, Hussain said, “UPA-II was waiting for Parliament to close. With Lalu and Mulayam on the dais, their confidence has increased, and they have burdened the common man.”

The BJP would also bring out a political resolution on the UPA’s “failures”, raking up key issues such as federalism and Lokpal. In a resolution on India’s agri scenario, the party is expected to point to farmer suicides and the agricultural growth of just 2.5%.

However, the party also fears a whitewash in the eventuality of Modi skipping this meet too. The Gujarat chief minister has been at loggerheads with party chief Nitin Gadkari ever since his bete noire, Sanjay Joshi, was given a key role in the UP polls.

Till Wednesday evening, there was no clarity over Modi's likelihood of coming — despite stray reports that he may make it on Friday. When asked, the party's Gujarat Prabhary Balbir Punj simply said: “No comments”.

A few days ago, Karnataka party heavyweight BS Yeddyurappa had also said that he would skip the meet over not being elevated to the chief minister’s post.