NDA to fight 2019 Lok Sabha polls under Modi's leadership

"The NDA allies also passed a resolution to work together to win a second term under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Modi in 2019", he said.

This is the first time in the past three years of the Modi government that a meeting was called of wider NDA partners at the central or the state level. The meeting began with the inaugural address by BJP President Amit Shah.

Though Narendra Modi is said to be preferring an SC or ST candidate, keeping in view 2019 polls, Venkaiah Naidu is of the view that even if Modi fails to give him an opportunity for Presidency, he wold be certainly considered for Vice President's position.

"The resolution endorses policies of NDA and its campaigns", he added.

Mr. Jaitley said, "The resolution has many features, chief among them being an appreciation of the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and the government's pro-poor policies". Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti could not attend the meeting and a PDP representative deputised for her.

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Naidu, who praised the economic road map of the NDA, including demonetization, said "We can not say everything is over".

The minister also said that new allies have joined NDA and this is the symbol of this government's popularity.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is said to be making hectic moves to get party nomination in the forthcoming Presidential elections, to be held in July this year. "All leaders including Uddhav Thackeray were praiseworthy of the decisive and bold leadership of Prime Minister Modi and resolved to contest the 2019 LS polls under his leadership", Jaitley told reporters. It was attended by Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and Lok Janshakti Party's Ram Vilas Paswan, besides the regional allies of the BJP in Goa and the north-eastern states. "The fact that 33 parties, which represent every section of the country, attended (the meeting) demonstrates the expansion of the NDA under the leadership of Modi".

In the aftermath of several run-ins with the Shiv Sena, including the recent kerfuffle involving Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, the BJP will see the dinner as a chance to bury the hatchet. So far, there has been no discussion on the issue because the budget session was going on. "That is why Modiji is to host the dinner", said sources from the party.

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