BJP will play role in transparency of political funds: Modi

Addressing the concluding session of the party's two-day National Executive Meeting in New Delhi, he equated it to serving God.

Earlier, ahead of the national executive meet, BJP president Amit Shah addressed the party office-bearers. "Demonetisation is part of long-term measures against corruption and black money", PM Modi said in his address at the BJP conclave that began on Friday.

Briefing media Union Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said the Finance Minister clearly explained the objectives of the government in demonetising higher value currency notes.

"Our commitment is to change quality of life of poor", Modi said at the BJP National Executive.

The executive meet assumes significance in view of ensuing assembly elections in five states.

AAP is contesting the assembly polls in UP but will still campaign against the BJP. "BJP will be at the forefront of pushing transparency in political funding".

He claimed that the opposition parties were exposed as the people supported the Government's decision, fully understanding their benefits.

Modi delinked the outreach to the poor with winning elections, saying "we don't see them as vote banks", Prasad said.

He added that poor people want basic amenities in their lives and their happiness when a lamp post is set up outside their homes will far outshine the happiness of those elated over a good feast. He took a dig at Congress questioning the Government's decision pointing out that over its last 50 years' rule they made people stand in queues for everything including milk, ration, and kerosene.

The Kejriwal-led party has decided that after Punjab and Goa goes to election, two states where AAP is trying to increase its stake, AAP leaders will concentrate on exposing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh.

The party may also use the occasion to emphasise its pro-poor and pro-weak credentials by citing several government schemes, including the recent initiatives announced by the Prime Minister.

Two resolutions, one political and the other economic, are likely to be passed at the meet.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted the PM as having said that "the poor of India have the inner strength to fight their poverty and it is the government's intention to strengthen them" and that they had voluntarily responded to his appeal on demonetisation.

  • Eleanor Harrison