This will be the first full-fledged post-Covid national executive of the party outside the national capital and will be held ahead of crucial elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. BJP will be fighting to retain power in both these states in the Assembly elections due in December.
The national executive meeting to be held on July 2-3 will also be the last in the present team led by BJP Chief JP Nadda, whose present term will end in January 2023. An official announcement of the dates for the conclave is expected soon.
BJP brass plans the road ahead for the party and the campaigns to be launched nation-wide as well as state specific ones at the national executive meetings. Several important decisions and some key appointments and distribution of responsibilities take place in these conclaves. Apart from report presentations by state units of the work done by the party, the interaction with the top leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah is one of the key aspects of the two-day event.
After being in power for nearly three decades in Gujarat, BJP is not taking any chances despite Congress being on a weak wicket. The party had replaced Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with Bhupendra Patel and given him a new council of ministers. With the 2017 elections being a tough one, BJP is not taking any chances in Modi’s home state.
Prime Minister Modi and Nadda have also focused their attention on Himachal Pradesh by holding public meetings and road shows in the hill state which is also BJP president’s home state. Factional fights in the BJP state unit and a reportedly slack administration are matters of concern for the party.
After eight years in power, BJP will hold confabulations to plan the broad roadmap to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Holding the national executive in Hyderabad assumes significance as BJP and TRS have been fighting for political one-upmanship in Telangana for the past few months. With the Congress losing ground, BJP has emerged as the main challenger to TRS in the state.
BJP had organized a three-day national office bearers’ meeting in Jaipur in the third week of May. While brainstorming on challenges and prospects facing the party, its leaders also slammed the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan. It also tried to bring its state unit leaders together to prevent the differences from growing further and spoiling its chances of returning to power next year.