In a bid to give a boost to the prospects of the party in Kerala where it significantly increased its vote share in the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to hold its next National Executive meeting at Kozhikode in North Kerala. The meeting is likely to be held from 23 to 25 in September this year. 

 

It will be the first time that the BJP is holding its National Executive meeting at Kozhikode. In 1967, the National Executive of Jan Sangh had convened at Kozhikode. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was elected the president of the organisation in the meeting. The BJP National Executive at Kozhikode coincides with the birth centenary of Upadhyaya. 

 

The meeting is likely to finalise the party strategy for the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly polls next year in which the BJP is putting big stakes. The Chief Minister candidate of the party for the UP elections will also be decided at the meeting. 

 

The deliberations at the National Executive will also focus on the project to gain Lok Sabha seats from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. 

 

The BJP calculates that the party has bright prospects in Kerala where it managed to break the long jinx and won a seat for the first time in its history. It also reached the second position in seven constituencies. It increased its vote share from less than 7% in 2011 to nearly 16% in the assembly polls this year. The party will be looking forward to consolidating the gain and turning it into results.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chief Ministers will attend the National Executive.