'Consensus' has many meanings, but will consult Oppn: Shah on prez nominee

Amit Shah: Before deciding on the ruling alliance's pick for the top constitutional post, BJP President Amit Shah said that his party would consult opposition parties over a joint Presidential candidate.

A vehicle carrying the Prime Minister, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal and other senior government officials then passed over it.The new bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM.

While listing the government's achievement, Shah described the army's surgical strikes against Pakistan as a show of strength of political will and the demonetisation move as a tough decision.

Referring to the new law, which stipulates 26-week maternity leave against the earlier three months, and another act which provided more benefits for people with disabilities, Shah said these highlighted the "sensitive face" of the government.

"Policy paralysis on Kashmir is definitely among the big failures of the Central government", suggests the report while regretting that NDA government's Kashmir policy is formulated by either retired intelligence officers or RSS workers, it added.

Narendra Modi led government has made the country identified on an global level. "We have virtually finished casteism, family rule and appeasement", he said.

After the exit of Barack Obama, PM Narendra Modi is the world's most popular political leader on Twitter as well. "This support strengthens us further to work for the welfare of our great nation", Modi said generating a loud applause from the crowd.

Mr Shah, however, did not elaborate on whether the ruling party would try and build a consensus on the candidate's name.

Average employment generation has plummeted to less than two lakh jobs a year, while from 2009 to 2011, during UPA rule, the country's GDP was still growing at an average of 8.5 per cent and the organised sector was providing around 9.5 lakh jobs every year, the Congress leader said. We see employment at a 15 year low.

"We never imposed Emergency in the country?"

Taking a shot at the Congress for demanding a white paper on employment, Shah said had they brought out white paper on employment in 10 years, maybe they would not have lost government.

He also said the government is working towards doubling farmers' income by 2022, and for that project Rs 6,000 crore will be provided.

Ahead of the last year's Kerala assembly election, the BJP had forged an alliance with SNDP Yogam, which represents the backward Hindu Ezhava community, and weaned a splinter group away from Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha, the largest Dalit organisation which traditionally backed the CPM.

  • Zachary Reyes