Party chief ministers gather at BJP HQ to discuss upcoming polls with top brass

New Delhi: In anticipation of upcoming election in three BJP ruled states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and the 2019 polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah on Tuesday commenced a meeting with 15 chief ministers from the party.

After the arrival of PM Modi at the BJP HQ, party president Amit Shah inaugurated the Chief Minister’s Council, a meeting with BJP’s CMs and Deputy CMs at 1:16 pm in the afternoon.

Apart from PM Modi, Shah and the state chiefs, the leaders present at the venue were– Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

As per reports, Modi-Shah duo summoned the CMs for the day-long meeting to discuss possible ways to reach out to the maximum number of beneficiaries of the Centre’s welfare schemes.

The party sources have said that the conference of chief ministers– in which the party bosses take cognisance of the BJP’s working in the states at their helm and issue directions to the state heads – has acquired added significance due to the upcoming assembly elections in three states and the Lok Sabha polls.

The agenda of good governance and running pro-poor policies have been a key feature of the chief ministers’ meetings, which have been taking place regularly since Modi took over as prime minister in 2014.