Downing curtains on ‘speculations’ that turned into hot-selling ‘news’ for several media houses, the BJP National Executive officially welcomed Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu into the BJP ‘Parivar’.
The political resolution passed and adopted by the National Executive meeting held here on January 6th and 7th, mentioned, “The year (2016) has ended on another happy note with 33 MLAs from the PPA in Arunachal Pradesh, including the Chief Minister, opting to join the BJP. The National Executive welcomes the new BJP Chief Minister Pema Khandu into the BJP parivar.”
On the first day of the NE meet, BJP National President Amit Shah officially welcomed Khandu and his team of legislators from PPA into the party fold. While extending support and cooperation from the National Executive in strengthening the party in the state as well as in the over-all growth of Arunachal Pradesh, Shah expressed confidence on Khandu’s leadership to lead the party and the state from the front.
The party noted that year 2016 has been a very successful year. In the electoral arena, the year began with the BJP entering the North East with a bang by winning Assam Assembly elections with two-thirds majority in alliance with its partners. At the year end Arunachal Pradesh became the 10th state ruled by BJP.
The BJP registered convincing victories in the by-elections held to the Lok Sabha and different Vidhan Sabhas in states like Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. It’s showing in the Left-dominated Tripura, where it is slowly but surely emerging as the credible alternative to the Left Front pushing back parties like Congress and TMC, can’t be overlooked. In Bengal too, the Party has weathered the brute politics of the ruling party and emerged as a strong runner up in recent by-polls. The Party also registered thumping victory in the local body elections held in states like Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It needs to be remembered that most of these elections were held after the announcement of demonetisation scheme by PM Modi.
Members at the meet gave a standing ovation to PM Modi for the “unprecedented” cross-border surgical strikes and the demonetisation “success”. The national executive also praised the armed forces and came down heavily on Pakistan.