The BJP is now moving ahead as a party for the poor, said Amit Shah who was formally appointed as the party president on Saturday.

Addressing the BJP national council meet in the national capital, Shah said that during the general election the poor felt that the ‘BJP is their party (and) a tea seller (Narendra Modi) is going to be the Prime Minister.’

"We got support from the poor," he added at the day-long meet being held at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. "Hum garibon ki party ke roop me badh rahein hain. (We are moving ahead as the party for the poor)," said Amit Shah who succeeded Rajnath Singh as the party president.

Amit Shah, who was party in-charge in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP bagged 71 of 80 Lok Sabha seats, said that he was entrusted the task due to his capability. He recalled that he began his career as an ‘ordinary worker in a booth committee.’

Amit Shah said that BJP can bring "sushasan" (good governance) and bring the country out of "kushasan" (poor governance).

In his speech, outgoing president Rajnath Singh said, “Amit Shah is suited for the position of the BJP chief due to his leadership in Uttar Pradesh that saw the party bagging 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state during the general election.

Addressing the BJP national council meet here, Rajnath Singh said that "some people may wonder why Amit Shah (for BJP chief's post)?"

He said that when he was looking for someone to lead the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh, he zeroed in on Amit Shah.

He added that under Shah's leadership, for the first time BJP got 71 of 80 Lok Sabha seats while two seats went to a BJP ally Apna Dal.

He recalled that the BJP had just two seats in the Lok Sabha in 1984 and today it is the "biggest party" in the country.

"The credit goes to lakhs of workers... (and also) credit goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity,” he said adding that BJP and Left parties are the only two parties in the country which are cadre and ideology-based.

"We can say that the only cadre and ideology based party left is the BJP. Congress has neither ideology nor cadre," he added.

The new BJP chief will now form a new team comprising a number of young leaders as the party wants to focus on strengthening the bond with voters and the common man while preparing for coming assembly elections in various states.
    
The national council meeting has been organized in Delhi in view of the ongoing Parliament Session that is expected to end on August 14.

50-year-old Shah, the closest aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was unanimously appointed to the top party post in BJP at its parliamentary board meeting on July 9.

The national council will also adopt a resolution that will focus on the political and economic issues as well as the initiatives taken by the BJP-led NDA government and its roadmap ahead.

The resolution will include various decisions taken by the BJP-led government and the steps to be taken by it in the time to come.
    
This is the first meeting of the party's national council after BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha polls.
 
BJP national executive members as also presidents of the party's state units and BJP general secretaries and heads of various morchas and fronts in states and at the central level will are also present in the national council session.

The meet began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisting the BJP flag at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. The day-long event will see Amit Shah's ratification as BJP's new national president.

BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay delivered the welcome address and presented a momento to Modi.

The event will be rounded up with a speech by Modi which is scheduled to begin at around 3:50 pm.

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