Modi India's most popular leader after independence: NDA

Modi India's most popular leader after independence: NDA

Modi India's most popular leader after independence: NDA

This will be the second meeting chaired by Modi since the BJP was voted to power in 2014.

The minister further said that new allies have joined the NDA and that this was a measure of the government's popularity.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who came out along with Jaitley to brief journalists, hailed the leadership of Modi and pointed out that it was the first time in India's history that a non-Congress leader had got such a huge majority.

The NDA meeting was attended by 33 parties including Shiv Sena and Akali Dal but there was no discussion on the upcoming presidential or vice presidential elections.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need to ensure that the poor people's trust in the NDA government at the Centre is not broken.

Addressing the media, Financial Minister Arun Jaitley said the NDA meeting endorsed the policies of the government specially its "pro-poor policy".

"Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan made the proposal for fighting Lok Sabha election under Modi and it was accepted unanimously", the BJP leader added.

The NDA resolution underlined India's emergence as a leading developing economy under Modi's "extraordinary" leadership and economic experts and institutions have acknowledged it as a "great achievement".

"This mandate (state results) has established Modi on the people's mind as the most popular leader after independence", the resolution said.

While the previous Congress-led UPA government left behind a "corrupt and supine" governance structure, the Modi- led NDA government changed it and took every section of the society along as it worked on its development agenda, it said. Mr Jaitley said, during the last three years of NDA rule, there is no charge of corruption on the government and an honest dispensation under the leadership of Mr Modi is functioning.

Referring to the massive win for BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the Prime Minister said it reflected how people's hope in his government has turned into confidence. Modi and party chief Amit Shah will also be present at this event.

PDP leader and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti could not attend the meeting and a representative deputised for her.

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