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Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

BJP gives Hindutva a miss

A political document adopted at the national executive of BJP skirts all Hindutva issues in tune with LK Advani’s call for a more centrist approach to ensure more allies on its side, Shekhar Iyer reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2008 01:59 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times

A political document adopted at the two-day national executive of BJP has skirted all contentious Hindutva issues in tune with LK Advani’s call for a more centrist approach to ensure more allies on its side to ensure an NDA victory.

“A strong BJP will certainly attract strong allies and a strong NDA should ready itself for the Lok Sabha general elections,” said the three-page political resolution.

The document was silent on bringing back the BJP’s contentious issues like Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code — that were raised by party president Rajnath Singh.

Drafted by party general secretary Arun Jaitley, the document says India needs a strong leadership, a decisive government, good politics and a significant emphasis on national security.

The three-page resolution said, “The Congress Party does not have the political courage to honestly analyse the reasons for the defeats. It is the failure of the Congress-led-UPA to provide good governance that is responsible for their defeats in recent polls.”

On the economic scene, the BJP paper said mismanagement of the country is the hallmark of the UPA policies.

“This mismanagement is reflected in three areas. Firstly, the inability of the UPA to take decisions on account of its contradictions with the Left without whose support the government can’t survive. Secondly, its complete failure to control price rise. And finally, the continued infliction of miseries on Indian farmers.”

It said Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh’s political standing in the country was “negligible”.