Agressively targeting Congress and Samajwadi Party at the BJP National Executive meeting, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said, “Two years of Modi government have been of “No corruption government”. However, 10 years of Congress were full of corruption. Many Congress leaders are now leaving the party.”
At the BJP National Executive meeting, which is being held in Allahabad with next year’s UP polls in mind, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Governance in UP is on a decline. Violence in Mathura & exodus of Hindu from Kairana shows the poor law & order in UP.” “We will have to work harder in UP to get the state rid of poor governance in UP,” Prasad said in an attack on the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh.
Highlighting the Modi government’s achievements in two years, he said, “Our government has brought about decision making and eliminated policy paralysis. Since Modi government came to power, India’s growth rate has increased from 5.4% to 7.6%.”
Prasad also congratulated his party for expanding reach in all parts of the country, especially the North-east. “Amit Shah ji while addressing the executive meet said the gateway to the north east has been opened for BJP. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kutch to Guwahati – BJP is emphatically present,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
He also slammed attacks on BJP workers in Kerala. “Attack on BJP workers in Kerala is very sad. We all stand united with our party workers,” he said.
The two-day BJP National Executive meet in Allahabad is being seen as crucial, not only because it comes within days of the Narendra Modi government completing two years in office, but also for the fact that it will set tone for BJP’s plans for UP elections 2017. The meeting is being attended by PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, among other prominent leaders.
While some reports suggest that PM Modi and Amit Shah have offered Home Minister Rajnath Singh to be BJP’s CM candidate in the state, no official announcement has been made. Rajnath Singh on his part has called these reports “fictitious”, while adding that he would support anyone who the party chooses.
This is the first time since its establishment three decades ago, the BJP has chosen the city for holding its national executive.
BJP saw a dramatic comeback in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it contested 78 out of 80 seats in UP and romped home with a stunning tally of 71.
It was the best ever performance by the party in the state, which has been credited, in a large measure, to Modi’s decision to step out of Gujarat and contest from Varanasi and also the organisational skills of Shah, who was then the national general secretary in-charge of the state. With UP polls, BJP hopes to script history again.