Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a new slogan and set the tone of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Modi gave the slogan 'Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP', paying tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on August 16. The Prime Minister was speaking at the concluding day of the two day national executive meet of the BJP. Bharat Bandh Tomorrow: Congress Calls 'Bharat Bandh' on Monday Against Fuel Price Hike.
PM Modi also attacked the Opposition and called their attempt at unity an "opportunistic effort." PM Modi, referring to the mahagathbandhan, said that people who couldn't see eye to eye, are planning of a grand alliance. He called the move by opposition a "vindication" of BJP's work in the Centre. Bharat Bandh on September 10: After SP, NCP and DMK, MDMK Extends Support to Congress' Call for Nation-wide Protest Over Rising Fuel Prices.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, after the BJP national executive meeting, said that "PM Modi ji paid tribute to Atal ji and called a powerful phrase in his honour,'Ajay Bharat, Atal BJP'. An India which is not to be subjugated by anyone and BJP which remains firmly committed to its principle(sic)." Bharat Bandh on September 10: Congress, Left to Hold Nationwide Strike Against Modi Government Over Fuel Price Rise, Farmers' Woes.
The minister also said that BJP president Amit Shah claimed that "we will win 2019 polls and after 2019 polls victory, nobody will be able to remove us for next 50 years." The minister added that "We are not saying this out of pride but on basis of our work."
Meanwhile, the high cost of global crude oil and a weak rupee took the petrol price in Delhi to a record Rs 80.50 per litre on Sunday. The Congress, supported by other opposition parties, has announced for a nation wide protest (Bharat Bandh) on Monday against the raising fuel prices.