A day after projecting Gujarat Chief Minster Narendra Modi as Vikas Purush,BJP national general secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Amit Shah on Thursday said the party will achieve the target of winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of national president Rajnath Singh and Modi.
Addressing party MLAs and MLCs at a closed-door meeting in Central Hall of the Vidhan Sabha building,Shah said it is fortunate that national president Singh belongs to UP and he has given Modi a major responsibility of heading the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign committee.
According to sources,Shah said at the meeting: We will work under the leadership of Singh and Modi and achieve the target of 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He said that India would be made a Congress-free nation by supporting Singh and Modi.
Shah asked the party legislatures to be aggressive in their constituencies and make anti-incumbency among the people more strong by highlighting the failures of the UPA government at the Centre and SP government in the state,through wall writings and various other media. Shah said there are 47 MLAs of the party in UP and they should run such anti-incumbency campaigns in at least 40 districts.
According to sources,Shah also said that some MLAs may be willing to contest Lok Sabha elections but the party would discuss that some other time.
Later,addressing mediapersons,Shah denied the possibility of a third front after Lok Sabha elections and said that the BJP-led NDA will come to power and its solid foundation would be laid in UP. The possibilities of increase in BJP seats are more in UP and the route of change in the Centre passes through Lucknow, said Shah. He added that no candidates had been finalised for Lok Sabha elections when asked whether Modi would contest from Lucknow.
Shah said the issue of construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was on the BJP agenda and the party had never denied that. Shah said the party would consider the proposal Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) passed in Haridwar on Wednesday to mount pressure on the Centre to enact a law to make way for construction of the Ram temple.
Shah said there was a strong reaction among the public against the Samajwadi Party governments move to withdraw cases against accused of terror incidents.
He said the case against him in connection with the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh was fake and baseless. Shah said the UPA government was misusing the CBI to lodge fake cases against opposition party workers.