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Begin preparations for 2014 polls: Gadkari to partymen

Buoyed by the poll success’ his party has achieved in Punjab,Goa and the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections,BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday urged party workers to prepare for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as,he added,the party would form the next government at the Centre.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: May 8, 2012 3:51 am

Buoyed by the poll success’ his party has achieved in Punjab,Goa and the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections,BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday urged party workers to prepare for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as,he added,the party would form the next government at the Centre.

Addressing a BJP state executive committee meeting here,in which party workers were felicitated on Monday,Gadkari said the country,at present,was in a shambles due to the “bad governance and corruption” during the UPA rule. Price rise,falling GDP rate and devaluation of the rupee against the dollar were matters of grave concern,the BJP chief said,before adding that the country was likely to witness a situation where its gold reserves might be pledged to foreign nations due to “faulty” policies of the UPA government. “I am a firm believer in God and nowadays my faith has increased even more as the country is running only due to God’s grace,” he said.

The BJP chief was all praise for party workers in the state. Asserting that retaining power in Punjab was actually an impossible task,Gadkari said the SAD-BJP combine’s historic victory in the Assembly elections was a result of the hard work and sincerity of party workers. He also said that the overconfidence within the opposition Congress helped the ruling alliance. “ Our workers worked even in the areas where SAD candidates were contesting and we never focused only on the 23 seats we had contested”,he said.

Other BJP leaders also echoed Gadkari’s view and attributed the party’s victory in Punjab to the workers. “Winning the Vidhan Sabha elections was an impossible task but our workers made it possible. We were the only party which had complete unity. No BJP rebel contested in any of the seats,” said party national vice-president Shanta Kumar. The BJP leaders urged party workers to now concentrate on the municipal body polls in five cities in the state.

On the communal tag associated with the BJP,Gadkari dismissed it saying that the BJP had never taken any decision on the basis of religion and caste. Gadkari cited the example of Goa,where,he said,nine of the party’s MLAs are Catholic. “The BJP is not against minorities. We never did communal politics and always gave equal opportunities to all. In the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,this subject needs to be taken care by the workers specially. We need to go to the dalit samaj with this message and have to make them trust that all are equal for our party,” he said.

State BJP president Ashwini Sharma criticised the Centre for not giving enough to the state. “We will take our pie from the Centre. It is our right and we will not beg for it,” he said.

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