Amit Shah’s target: Panchayat to Parliament, and every state

The National Executive is meeting for the first time after the BJP’s recent poll success

Written by Liz Mathew | Bhubaneswa | Updated: April 16, 2017 8:50 am
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BJP president Amit Shah exhorted partymen on Saturday to ensure that the party wins “from panchayat to Parliament” and “every state”, and that the country achieves its place among the comity of nations. It was only then that he would call it the BJP’s “golden era”, Shah said.

“Sixty per cent of the political space is already occupied by the BJP. But we cannot sit idly, resting on our laurels,” Shah was quoted as saying at the BJP National Executive, that began here on Saturday, by senior party leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“In 2014 it was said that the BJP had reached its peak. The BJP continued its victory streak. In 2016, it was again said that the BJP had reached its peak. But our party president said the BJP is yet to reach its peak. We have 13 CMs, we want all states to have BJP CMs,” Prasad said.

The BJP chief asked party office-bearers and ministers to spend 15 days each month to reach out to workers to the booth level, covering five states and UTs, giving three days to each. Shah himself will be visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kerala and Gujarat, Prasad said, apart from spending 95 days till September visiting polling booths across India to have “a profound connect with every booth worker in the country”.

“We have to pledge that the BJP should be there from the panchayats to Parliament. Every state should see this, in every state, we have to take the BJP to power. Once we achieve that, we can say that the BJP’s golden era has come,” Shah told over 300 National Executive members, including ministers.

“It should not just be the party’s success but the country’s success as well,” he added. “We should see to it that the country reaches a high position among the comity of nations. Once we achieve that, we can say the BJP’s golden era has come.”

The National Executive is meeting for the first time after the BJP’s recent poll success, resulting in the party forming governments in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. It is the first time in 20 years that the party is holding its National Executive in Odisha, which is high on the list of states that the BJP wants to win.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow on his four-km ride to the National Executive from the Bhubaneswar airport, leaning out of his vehicle and stepping out to greet supporters who lined the roads.

At the beginning of his speech, Shah talked specifically of states going to polls next, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, and said that the BJP was taking a resolve, “in this land of the Jagannath temple”, to win all with a massive majority.

Shah talked about political violence in states such as Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura, warning, “I want to tell those who are unleashing violence on BJP workers in Kerala and West Bengal that if you want to suppress us with violence, the BJP will rise more. BJP workers do not get scared of violence. We will work peacefully, with determination.”

Taking on the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha, Shah said it had failed on almost all fronts. “The hard work and struggles of Odisha BJP workers would soon bear fruit. The next government in Odisha would be the BJP’s.”

EVMs an excuse, accept defeat: Shah

Questioning the Opposition’s criticism of EVMs, Amit Shah said it was an “insult to the authority of the Election Commission”. Accusing the Opposition of “not accepting defeat gracefully”, he said, “It is expected that defeated parties accept their loss with honesty. But now they are finding excuses.”

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Shah had pointed out that when the UPA won in 2004 and 2009 and when the AAP won in Delhi, when the BJP was defeated in Bihar and when the Congress won in Punjab, the same EVMs were used. “The Opposition has today no answer to our 325 seats and three-fourth majority, and so they are making EVMs and other excuses,” Shah said.

Responding to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comment that he had ways to hack EVMs, Prasad said, “A Chief Minister, an alumnus of IIT, claimed that EVMs can be tampered in 70 ways. We didn’t expect a CM to claim himself to be a hacker.”

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    Jairam
    Apr 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    Finally we know the end game. ONE PARTY RULE. followed by ONE MAN RULE. NARENDRA MODI PM FOR LIFE AMIT SHAH PRESIDENT FOR LIFE (Presidential Government is coming)
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      Apte
      Apr 16, 2017 at 11:21 am
      BJP has every right to become a political party with aim to be in power in every State and Union Territory. But question is this” Whether in the process of becoming such a party and of achieving its goal of “Congress-mukta” Bharat, how would it deal with indiscipline, opportunism, caste politics and above all corruption? When a political party rides on success, all kinds of individuals join the party. That is what happened in the case of the Congress party. BJP claims to be a party with a difference but so far it has failed to do so. What will happen in future is anybody’s guess. Secondly, power is only a tool to achieve goal of what BJP claims : “Sab ka Vikas” Here again it is yet to demonstrate its will to accept that lives of millions belonging to communities which have not given votes to BJP need to be improved as they also need “ vikas”.
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        MyTake
        Apr 16, 2017 at 10:48 am
        Modi Team is here to be in the driving seat of India at least for next 3 decades. There is no mistake about this. Those in the opposition who have doubts can start counting the years keeping alternate profession in mind!
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          mumbikar
          Apr 16, 2017 at 10:17 am
          dreams are free shah !!!!! bu now the world has learnt that ur boss is fake and the world's biggest liar and hypocrite, hence the foreign tours have stopped !!!!! if it were not for a bjp/rss govt at the centre in 2002, u and ur boss would have been charged and tried for genocide, the world also knows that ur IT team of hackers, hacked the EVM's in UP and that ur party is ruling Goa and Manipur against the people's wishes, they did not give u a mandate to govern they states.
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            MyTake
            Apr 16, 2017 at 10:56 am
            You are ignoring the youth who are joining the vote force every year to carry on with Modi's agenda! How many years it takes to replace the corrupt generation with fresh blood (on top of which Modi is still having his magic spell with and without them)? It is a sin to ignore the youth who are fire up and bringing in fresh blood into the system, continuously. When the have not gets the taste of empowerment there is no going back! Even the momentum created becomes formidable on its own!
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              t
              Apr 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm
              Very true - Bharti Jumla baaz Party. Amit Shah made all the promises during election campaigning vague by saying it was a Jumla. Where are Acche Din, Where is 15 Lakhs coming to account, where is employment opportunity, where is sabka sath sabka vikas, where is communal harmony, where is control over prices, where is the development in the country, where is black money, why as of date nobody having corrupt records have been arrested. Biggest Jumla Baaz and Goonda of the decades.
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              Antony
              Apr 16, 2017 at 9:29 am
              that means communal riots in every panchayat? or gau rakshak goons in every panchayat?
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                MyTake
                Apr 16, 2017 at 11:01 am
                Soon it will be a thing of the past since there is no oxygen going to be there to sustain it. Vote bank has lost its "glorious" days of relevance and India can move without it. UP is the proof! Next Bengal will be another proof!
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                Raghwendra
                Apr 16, 2017 at 7:36 am
                Bjp to improve corruption free administration in bjp ruled states before dreaming​ to win other states.bip ruled states are equally inefficient and corrupt practices existing in many govt offices at upper and lower level.
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                  Apr 16, 2017 at 7:20 am
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                    Ruru Koshy
                    Apr 16, 2017 at 6:51 am
                    and send India to Stone Age... How can some illiterate cow loving Radical Hindu belt can lead India to progress? 3 years ago India send a mission to Mars and 10 years ago India found Water on Moon... but since May 2014, No News of Progress and Development and Science... and now, India is only worshiping Cows and only drinking it's and eating it'sdung as a gesture...
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