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Nitin Gadkari to focus on 'Antyodaya' at BJP national council meeting

Sunday, 7 February 2010 - 10:57am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
'Antyodaya', meaning 'serving the last man in the queue' aims at reaching out to the most marginalised sections of society, the BJP says.

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari is expected to lay focus on Antyodaya in the party's forthcoming national council meeting at Indore.

'Antyodaya', meaning 'serving the last man in the queue', is a concept developed by party ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and aims at reaching out to the most marginalised sections of society, the party says.
    
In the first meet after 52-year-old Gadkari took over the reins of the party, the main opposition is expected to try to
drive home the point that Congress' concern for aam admi is just hollow as price rise is pinching the common man.

While a resolution on the political situation will underline a roadmap for BJP, the meet is held at a time when cracks have developed in the party-led NDA with Shiv Sena's campaign against "Mumbai for all" not going down well with the party as also the Sangh Parivar.
    
The national council will pass resolutions on price rise, internal security situation and the overall political situation in the country.

"There will be a resolution on price rise and another one on the internal security situation in the country. A comprehensive political resolution on the current state of affairs in the country will also be passed," Gadkari's political advisor-designate Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said.

Incidentally, this is the first party meet after Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were made leaders of the opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively.

A management graduate, Gadkari has already given hints that he wants to tone up the organisation through novel ways like performance audit and suggestions to partymen to "talk less, not talk at all" to the press.

During the national council, Gadkari is likely to elaborate on the roadmap for the party. "He will reveal his plans for the rejuvenation of the BJP," Sahasrabuddhe said.

BJP will also discuss the strategy for Bihar assembly elections scheduled for October.
    
The three-day conclave from February 17 to 19 will start with a closed-door national executive meet followed by two days of national council meeting.

Interestingly, instead of Gadkari's roadmap, the main talking point of this conclave seems to be other issues like BJP leaders living in tents, riding bicycles and using environment-friendly vehicles.

While the idea of spending three days in tents was mooted as an austerity measure, sources said as much as Rs eight crore is being spent on the luxurious tents for the top brass.

Defending the move, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said leaders would stay in tents as this is a marriage season and hotels for so many party delegates would create problems for the locals.
    
"An exhibition of all service and development programmes undertaken by BJP leaders across the country will also be on display," Sahasrabuddhe said.


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