India, Jan. 11 -- Thousands of members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s national council will meet on Friday in New Delhi for three days ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha election to be held later this year.

The conclave, possibly the last such event of the party before the elections, is being organised after the BJP lost the assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh to Congress.

BJP president Amit Shah will address at least 10,000 members of the council and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will talk to them on Saturday.

A party leader said a meeting of the national council, in which district-level leaders have been invited, on such a scale has been called for the first time. The council meets once a year with rou...