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 is likely to set tone for BJP’s plans for UP elections 2017. BJP will meet for its two-day national executive from today.
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1.32 pm: Several Congress workers were today detained while trying to enforce a city-wide ‘bandh’ in protest against the visit of PM Modi, who will be here later in the day to attend the BJP’s two-day national executive meeting. Party workers, led by District Congress Committee members Haseeb Ahmed and Shrish Chand Dubey, had gathered at the Civil Lines crossing — barely a few hundred metres from the hotel where BJP president Amit Shah is holding a meeting of BJP national office bearers.
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The two-day long meet will be attended by PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, among other prominent leaders. The inaugural, which Amit Shah will address, will be preceded by the inauguration of the National Office Bearers’ meeting at 10am. PM Modi will address the meeting’s concluding session on Monday. He will also address a public rally at the Parade Ground.
It is likely to set the agenda for the Assembly elections in the state which are less than a year away. UP is a crucial state for the BJP and after bagging over 70 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 polls, the party is eyeing the state polls aggressively.
The meet eyes 3 resolutions, that is, Political, Economical and one related to Foreign Affairs. It is in the political resolution that BJP will declare its strategy for the upcoming 5 states going to elections.
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. The BJP leadership feels that Rajnath Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh between 2000 and 2002, is still the only reliable face of the party in the state and can give a contest to both BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“There is goonda raj in Uttar Pradesh under Akhilesh Yadav. The cocktail politics of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal have ruined the state,” BJP national secretary Srikant Sharma told IANS.
“We will be giving a call to end this goonda raj,” he added.
“Allahabad has been the state’s political epicentre and the place where stalwarts ranging from Jawaharlal Nehru to VP Singh have learnt their ropes. And a party meeting organised here will certainly have a catalytic effect on our efforts to bring about political change in Uttar Pradesh,” said BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh.
Shah, at a recent rally on the outskirts of the city, had stated “if there is one state which is responsible for helping the BJP get a majority in Parliament, it is UP” while party vice-president and in-charge for the state Om Mathur had said “many issues would be discussed at the national executive but the main focus would obviously be on the UP assembly polls due next year”.
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in the city. The elite Special Protection Group (SPG), responsible for the Prime Minister’s security, arrived in Allhabad on Thursday and has been busy reviewing security arrangements at the Kayastha Pathshala sports ground where the meeting will be held under a gigantic air conditioned marquee, and the Parade Ground near the holy Sangam where a public rally will be held on Monday.
There are also a number of posters displaying the header ‘Mission 265 Plus’ – a term coined by Mr Shah who has repeatedly exhorted workers to aim at achieving a thumping majority for the party in the 403-strong UP assembly.
This is the first time since its establishment three decades ago, the BJP has chosen the city for holding its national executive.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, who defected from Congress to BJP and played a key role in its big Assam win, and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, a new entrant to the saffron party, were on Saturday inducted into its National Executive, a day before it meets for a two-day session in Allahabad. BJP brought several new faces to its key body, the highlight being some former Congress leaders, including former Odisha Chief Minister and tribal leader Giridhar Gamang and party leader KV Singh Deo, also from that state. Deo is a former state party chief.
Ahead of BJP’s national executive meeting, rival parties have announced plans for protests in the city though AAP has been denied permission for it, prompting it to move high court. Congress said it will observe June 12, the day of commencement of the Prime Minister’s visit, as ‘Pol Khol Diwas’ (Day of Expose) while its youth wing has announced a city bandh on Sunday.
(With inputs from agencies)