New Delhi : The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive ended its 1-day session in the national capital on Monday with a unanimous resolution to support Prime Minister Modi’s vision of making a ‘’New India’’ by 2022.
The resolution, however, conceded teething troubles in GST rollout and asked the government to take urgent steps to meet the challenge of the economic slowdown.
It identified a six-point programme for building ‘’New India’’. These include – poverty-free India, a corruption free India, clean India, an India without terrorism and separatism and an India without casteism and communalism.
The meeting was extended to have all elected representatives of the party like MPs, MLAs and municipal corporation mayors, besides senior leaders of all state units.
“The government is sensitive to the economic issues. All of us (ministers) are giving the PM feedback. We are making an effort on a war footing (to deal with economic issues),” said Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who briefed the media after the national executive unanimously passed the resolution.
According to Gadkari, the resolution focused on the foreign policy successes of the Modi government, congratulated the PM and Jaitley on the rollout of GST, bringing the issue of terrorism on the international agenda and economic issues.
He said unemployment among youth remained a problem, but the Modi government has attempted to address it through its policies of Mudra scheme, stand up-start up scheme and skill development.
The resolution has said the Modi government observed the centenary year of Jan Sangh founder Deendayal Upadhyaya as the ‘’year for the welfare of the downtrodden.’’
On the problems faced by businessmen in the GST rollout, Gadkari said big reforms do face teething troubles but the GST Council was at work to resolve sectoral issues. He said demonetisation has doubled the number of people filing Income Tax returns and ‘’black’’ or unaccounted money has reduced in the economy.
“These are short-term problems and would lead to long-term gains. Much effort is being put in the infrastructure sector,” Gadkari said.
On Congress President Sonia Gandhi writing to the PM to ensure the passage of the women’s reservation bill, Gadkari said the Congress should have got the bill passed when it was in the government at the Centre. He, however, said this was under PM’s consideration.
The resolution also congratulated the PM for the amicable resolution of the Doklam military standoff with China, inauguration of the Sardar Sarovar Project and the ‘’bhumi poojan’’ of Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train.