Shah wants victory in all 5 states

Shah wants victory in all 5 states

Party is for development issues, BJP chief reiterates

Shah wants victory in  all 5 states
BJP president Amit Shah wants the party to fight next year's elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states with full force and ensure victory.

He said on Sunday that it was necessary to keep the momentum going for the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. The BJP, which is holding its National Executive Meeting here, also rejected suggestions that it was fanning communal passions ahead of the elections in Uttar Pradesh next year asserting that the party was wedded to development issues.

‘Year of challenges’

“The year 2017 is an year of challenges,” Shah said in his inaugural address of the two-day meeting that got underway here. Elections are due in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand next year.

Shah stressed that better performance in these states was necessary for the BJP to keep the momentum going for the next Lok Sabha elections.

No wonder that the deliberations on Sunday focussed on Uttar Pradesh and there were indications that the BJP would aggressively highlight the “law and order” problems in Kairana and Mathura in the run up to the elections.

“Our target is to form the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh next year,” Shah said.

Briefing media, Union Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the exodus of Hindu families in Kairana and the killing of 29 persons in Mathura as “unfortunate” and proof of lack of governance on part of the UP government.

To questions on BJP's chief ministerial face for the UP elections, Prasad said such matters were not discussed at the National Executive Meeting. “These decisions are taken by the Parliamentary Board,” he said to a volley of questions on the claimants for the chief ministerial faces – Varun Gandhi, Smriti Irani and Yogi Adityanath.
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