Don’t get involved in groupism: Amit Shah tells Delhi BJP leaders

By: | Published: December 31, 2014 8:42 AM

Eyeing to capture power in the capital after a hiatus of 16 years, BJP President Amit Shah today warned leaders of the city...

Eyeing to capture power in the capital after a hiatus of 16 years, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah today warned leaders of the city unit against any groupism and directed them to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘vijay rath’ keeps on rolling.

Addressing the first Executive Committee meeting of Delhi BJP, he said the onus was now on the city unit to make the party victorious after its wins in Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

“There is no space for groupism in BJP and the party would take strong action against those involved in groupism. We will definitely be successful in the upcoming Assembly elections. We have won in four states and the onus is now on you to ensure party’s victory in Delhi,” he said at the meeting at Delhi BJP headquarters.

It was Shah’s second visit to the Delhi BJP office in the past one week.

“After winning in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, the ‘vijay rath’ of Modi ji has now reached Delhi and Delhi unit has to work to ensure that the vijay rath reaches Bihar through the capital,” Shah added.

The BJP President asked party’s ticket aspirants not to take “tension” about selection of candidates and told them to focus on broadbasing the party’s strength.

“I want to tell that you should not take tension about tickets for Assembly elections, you should work to ensure victory for the party instead,” Shah said.

“There is nothing in the hearts of people of Delhi except the lotus. The question is how we work to live up to the expectations of the people. We will fight the contest with strength,” Shah said.

Without naming the Aam Aadmi Party, he also said the party workers should not bother about “lies” being spread to gain political mileage.

“I know your capability and I want to tell you that you should not take tension about lies because lies cannot travel far. Delhiites know very well (about them) and everything has now been exposed,” he said.

The meeting was attended by 500 party functionaries and workers including Delhi leaders Harsh Vardhan, Satish Upadhyay, Vijay Goel, Vijender Gupta and Ramesh Bidhuri.

In the meeting it was decided that the party will focus on range of key issues which include transport, corruption, nursery admission, basement parking under parks, Yamuna cleaning, Metro expansion and removal of lal dora.

“The year of 2014 will be seen as winning year for the BJP. We have created historic wins in Assembly elections which we could not do earlier,” Shah said.

BJP General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal and party’s Delhi in-charge Prabhat Jha also attended the meeting.

Speaking on Modi’s proposed rally at Ramlila Ground on Janaury 10, Shah asked the party workers to make it a grand success.

Welcoming the Centre’s decision to regularise 895 unauthorised colonies, Shah termed it as a “historic decision” which could not be taken by the previous government.

Emphasising on strengthening the party at the booth level, the BJP president said, “We have to take decision to work at booth level as we did during Lok Sabha elections.”

Lashing out at the Opposition, Shah said they always go against BJP whatever it tries on every issue.

“The victory which party has received in Assembly elections of Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir shows that people are with us. We have made history in the J&K Assembly elections too,” he also said.

In the meeting, Shah distributed responsibilities to each of the seven MPs who are also the part of 20-member Core Committee.

A manifesto committee has been appointed under the presidentship of Vardhan.

According to the party, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi has been asked to focus on issues relating to woman and government employees.

East Delhi MP Mahesh Giri will be focusing on religious and social sector issues while North West Delhi MP Udit Raj has been asked to look after dalits and seek their support.

Rajya Sabha MP and former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel has been given the responsibility of JJ clusters and East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari will try to garner support of Poorvanchalis.

Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma, west Delhi MP, has been asked to focus on youths while south Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri will focus on rural areas.

Former Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta has been given the responsibility to focus on “caste and community equations” in all the 70 assembly segments.

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