The rural theme of the Union Budget was the highlight of the economic resolution passed on the first day of the two-day BJP National Executive meeting today, with the party claiming that never before so much money was allocated to the sector, including for rural credit, irrigation and roads.
The resolution also attacked Congress for pushing country first into “social cronyism and then capital cronyism” and hailed the Modi government for ushering in true “panchayati raj” by sanctioning Rs 80 lakh for every village and Rs 21 crore for small townships.
Briefing the media on the resolution, Union Minister Ananth Kumar and party General Secretary Bhupender Yadav said the budget was dedicated to the rural poor, farmers, and weaker sections.
Party chief Amit Shah also underlined the government’s “commitment” to farmers by citing the new crop insurance scheme, which he said, for the first time provided full protection to farmers against any damage to their crops while the earlier schemes focused on helping them repay their loans.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will address the valedictory session tomorrow, asked party leaders and workers to use social media to highlight the government’s successes besides reaching out to them on ground.
This is the first National Executive meeting since Shah took over as the party president for the second time.
Kumar said the resolution focused on the ‘Gram uday se Bharat uday’ (from rise of villages to rise of India) emphasis of the budget as the Executive cheered its proposals to lift the rural economy.