With focus set on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and look for ways to expand party's footprint across the nation, primarily by propagating the various pro-poor welfare schemes of the NDA dispensation, the BJP is holding its national executive meeting at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
The meeting, which began on Sunday, is seeing participation of the party's all elected lawmakers, including close to 1,400 MLAs, 337 MPs and all MLCs besides its core group leaders from states among others.
Usually a closed-door meeting attended by some 120 top leaders, today's meeting is a bit different as it is being called an "extended" national executive with the party wrapping up year-long celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of its founder Deendayal Upadhyaya.
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The day-long proceedings will start with party President Amit Shah's inaugural address to the delegates.
PM Modi, who will deliver the valedictory address today, may use the opportunity to highlight his government's pro-poor measures and other policy decisions.
Fall in GDP rate and demonetisation figures and lack of jobs - the two issues raised by the Opposition to target the Centre - are also expected to dominate the meet.