Leaders of Delhi BJP tasked with preparations for the meet said over 12,000 registrations were made but the gathering was bigger as all top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister's of BJP ruled states were attending the important event before the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
"This time around we made over 12000 registrations of delegates online and each delegate was provided a unique QR code for verification," said Delhi BJP leader Harsh Malhotra.
The roads around Ramlila Ground were saffronised with hoardings and posters of party leaders and scores of partymen roaming around to seek information from stalls of each state unit of the party set up near the Civic Centre.
Heavy security arrangements were in place in view of the meet.A temporary PMO has been set up at the venue for the Prime Minister and an office has also been prepared for Shah.
Delhi BJP general secretary Ravinder Gupta said over 1000 party workers have been deployed for successful completion of the meeting.
"Meals keeping taste of partymen from different parts of the country have been prepared for over 12,000 persons. Also, separate arrangements for cooking of food for 500 dignitaries have been put in place," Gupta said.UPDATES:
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Speaking to ETV Bharat, on sidelines of the event, BJP MLA Rajendra Rathore remarked that, ahead of the upcoming elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech would be centred on boosting the morale of the party workers and lay down specific guidelines with respect to poll campaigning.
"The political and economical resolution passed during the convention remains one of the key highlights on which the party had laid down its prime objectives and deliberated on their political strategies for the forthcoming elections," he added.
When questioned about the party's response to the recent poll defeat in the Hindi heartlands, Mr. Rathore asserted that they had, technically, lost only in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with a margin of 0.8% and 0.5% respectively.
"The earlier polls were on state issues, whereas the upcoming polls will be based on national issues. Therefore, these elections must not be compared on the basis of our last defeat," he opined. https://twitter.com/Eenadu_English/status/1083683528204677122Focus on bringing party back to power in 2019
BJP state vice-president Rajendra Gehlot, who also spoke to ETV Bharat, said that their focus would be on bringing back the party to power in 2019, whilst facing the challenges in the forthcoming elections.
In addition to this, Mr. Gehlot remarked, issues such as how to tackle the opposition, campaign strategy, connect with people at grassroots etc., alongside issues such as Ram Mandir, unemployment, reservation and much more would be discussed.
The convention is being considered as BJP's first and largest meeting before the general elections. BJP committed to fulfilling its promises, says Nupur Sharma
BJP's Official Spokesperson Nupur Sharma attributed their party's loss in three states to 'severe anti-incumbency' and brushed aside comments on weakening of 'Modi Wave' across the country.
"We have always been committed towards the welfare of the people and have come up with 112 policies to uplift the backward and weakers sections of the society. We have also finally fulfilled the promise of giving reservation to economically backward classes," she added.
With respect to the ongoing National Council Meeting, Ms. Sharma said that it would be the largest congregation of any political party in the country, with over 11,000 people expected to take part on Friday, to discuss preparedness for the upcoming elections.
"We will pass resolutions and decide the future course of action," she asserted.
When questioned about the Ram Mandir issue, Ms. Sharma said that the interference of the government would not be proper as the matter is sub judice.
"Ram Mandir is our promise but, as stated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, government will react after the court would decide on the issue," she maintained.