Anti-terrorism measures are set to dominate the three-day Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national conclave, which started on Friday in Kozhikode, Kerala, reported Business Standard. PM Modi, who will address the BJP conclave on Saturday, is likely to send a strong message to Pakistan.
Modi will address a public rally on the Calicut beach. This will be first public speech of the Prime Minister after the 18 September Uri attack, that left 18 soldiers dead.
BJP sources said a resolution condemning the terror attack on the Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan's role in it would be passed.
"We are also waiting to hear what he says on Pakistan and Uri," BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told IANS.
He said the National Council will discuss security concerns sparked by the Uri bloodbath.
Hussain said the Modi government was on the right direction and was sure to take every step to corner Pakistan and end terrorism.
"We are a strong economy. We initiated talks with Pakistan and this was the reason the whole world is supporting India and Pakistan has been isolated," he said.
At the venue, a giant poster quotes party ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya's views on Kashmir.
"Kashmir is an integral part of India and there will not be any compromise on this," Upadhyaya had said in 1968. He had also said that even the UN won't be allowed to interfere in Kashmir.
Earlier, The Times of India reported BJP general secretary Ram Madhav as saying that important issues will be taken up at the meeting as all the top leaders will be present. "You will get what you are waiting for," the report also quoted him as saying.
Madhav parried a volley of questions about the party's position on the Uri attack but made it clear that it will be deliberated in the Council. "We are a party of grassroot workers. We understand and appreciate the sentiments in the country," he said.
Prodded again, Madhav said, "A lot has happened in the last three days, especially on the diplomatic front". The party will air its views in the coming days, he said. "Let's wait for a while. There is joy in wait. You (media) will get your food," Madhav said.
The National Council meet, dedicated to Upadhyaya, would conclude on 25 September, the day the late leader was born.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Sep 24, 2016 15:15 IST