BJP yet to be at its peak, says Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters at Bhubaneswar airport on Saturday. PTI
Bhubaneswar Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters at Bhubaneswar airport on Saturday. PTI
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16 April, 2017

Minister Prasad said BJP chief Amit Shah said this at BJP National Executive Meet. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefed reporters on his speech in a closed-door meeting of the party leaders.

After spending some time at the Raj Bhavan, he would directly move to the Janata Maidan to attend the party's national executive meet.

Bhubaneswar: Setting a new target for party leaders and workers, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said on Saturday that despite being in power at the centre and in 13 states, the party is yet to achieve its peak and urged them to devote themselves to the cause.

Although Mayawati's BSP, which won only 19 seats in the Assembly elections, organised protests in all district headquarters on April 11 against "manipulation of EVMs to benefit the BJP" and plans to hold similar agitations on the 11th of every month, it has not yet begun any initiative to consolidate its Dalit vote base. Encouraged by its performance in the panchayat elections, the BJP is now laying the groundwork for victory in the state in the 2019 general elections. However, the polls marked a huge victory for the BJP as its seat share rose by 750% compared with the last elections in 2012 - Of the 853 seats being contested, the BJP won 306 from just 36 in 2012, while the BJD's seat share dropped to 460 from 651. "The party's best is yet to come and it will come after we have formed governments in each state". Narendra Modi is the most popular prime minister India has ever had due to his extraordinary connect with people, ' Shah said.

The BJP is gearing up to begin an intense campaign to build on its gains in Uttar Pradesh while its vanquished rivals are still picking up the pieces.

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"But president Amit Shah said that the BJP is yet to reach its peak".

"If you analyse the UP election, the BJP would have even if other parties were together", Prasad said. Then they didn't question EVMs.

Mr. Shah did not spare any words when it came to the opposition and the apprehensions expressed over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik explained that he would not be meeting the PM because he was visiting the state for "political work".

The Prime Minister will also visit the Sri Lingaraj temple to offer prayers, according to state BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma.

Prime Minister Modi landed at Biju Patnaik International Airport around 3:30 PM and was given a grand welcome by ministers.


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