Modi, Shah attend BJP Chief Ministers' meet


New Delhi, The BJP Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers are holding a day-long meeting here on Tuesday. "Inaugurated the Chief Minister’s Council, a day-long meeting with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of all BJP ruled states at the BJP HQ, New Delhi," BJP chief Amit Shah tweeted. The meeting is being attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Chief Ministers from BJP-ruled states Yogi Adityanath, Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Manohar Lal Khattar and Sarbanand Sonowal are attending the meeting among others. The Deputy Chief Ministers from other NDA-ruled states like Sushil Kumar Modi (Bihar) are also attending the meeting. The crucial Assembly elections are due in three BJP-ruled states Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and also Congress-ruled Mizoram. The party leaders paid homage to former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the meeting venue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are deliberating with the 15 Chief Ministers of the saffron party in what is seen as a crucial interaction among the key leaders with just about seven-eight months to go for the all important 2019 general elections. "Such meetings have taken place in the past also....The agenda of good governance and implementing welfare schemes has been a key feature of the chief ministers' council meetings," a party source said. BJP has been pushing for simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies - though the idea has been vehemently opposed by many opposition parties. In quite a surprise move, BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao claimed on Monday that TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao could advance Assembly elections in his state. "Telangana CM Sh. KCR seems to be thinking of going for early elections along with four states (MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram). He has the right to choose the timing of the elections. BJP is ready," he tweeted. The first Assembly elections to newly-created state of Telangana was held in 2014 along with the parliamentary polls and that way the due dates for polls to the state Assembly is only next year. TRS chief Mr Rao for sometime tried to enter into some understanding with regional parties for floating a viable third or a federal front, but he is reportedly not happy with the manner the opposition camp is moving on the same.

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