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12 April 2017, 03:21 | Shelley Chandler
"Just finished a meeting with our valued NDA allies".
This is only the second meeting of top NDA leaders since the alliance stormed to power in 2014 and could result in smoothing over any differences between the BJP and many of its small allies, some of whom have often complained about lack of communication.
Replying to an identical question, TDP Chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said NDA partners will collectively take a call on that whenever the issue was deliberated upon.
BJP sources said Modi also spoke about the positive mood among people reflected, the clean sweep by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the recently held assembly elections. "PM Modi has emerged as the poor's messiah", he claimed. The Minister said the ruling alliance has expanded its support base in the last three years during which its popularity and acceptability have also gone up. "He will be the face banking on whom the party will go for the 2017 Gujarat elections", a senior state BJP leader said.
With Modi's exit from the political scene of the state on becoming the Prime Minister and his formidable deputy Amit Shah's elevation as the party's national president, the BJP in the state lacks a credible mass leader to lead the campaign to reclaim Gujarat. Leaders of BJP allies, including the new friends it has won over in Goa and north-eastern states, were present at the meeting.
The NDA meeting was attended by 33 parties including Shiv Sena and Akali Dal but there was no discussion on the upcoming presidential or vice presidential elections.
A resolution passed at the meeting said, "In the extraordinary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has succeeded in establishing its identity in the world as a fast growing economy". Uddhav's son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya accompanied him for the meeting.
Speaking on the relationship with the Shiv Sena, Jaitley said, "Shiv Sena is the oldest BJP ally".
The idea of people's welfare and overall development is the identity of the government, it said highlighting a number of government schemes. Mumbai Mirror reported that Thackeray leveled several charges against Narendra Modi and his government during several public addresses during poll campaigns.
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