Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary in charge of UP Amit shah will make his first visit to the state on June 12 and address a meeting of the party’s office-bearers, in Lucknow.
Party state president Laxmikant Bajpai has convened the meeting to communicate among the state leaders the resolutions that the party’s national leadership will discuss and approve in its two-day national executive meeting scheduled to be held in Goa on June 8 and 9.
State leaders who will not attend that meeting, as they are not members of the party’s national executive, would be addressed also about the party’s future line of action that will be decided in Goa meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. No other leader from the national team has been invited for the meeting.
Shah, former Gujarat home minister who is facing criminal charges, will hold a meeting with state office-bearers, presidents of different wings and convenors of cells. The party is silent on the agenda of another closed-door meeting that Shah will hold with top leaders. Sources said Shah may announce a campaign like Jail Bharo Andolan at that meeting.
Bajpai told The Indian Express that Shah will attend the meeting in Lucknow on June 12 and guide leaders for strengthening of organisation and other future progrmmes. “As he is coming here the first time after becoming in charge of UP, there will be formal introduction of the state office-bearers with Amit Shah,” Bajpai said. Sources said that Shah will also hold discussion on the probable candidates for LS elections.
As it will be Shah’s first visit to Lucknow, the party is planning to give him a grand welcome. Shah being a confidant of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who could be the leader of the party’s campaign committee, a huge gathering of leaders and Lok Sabha ticket seekers is expected at the party office.