After registering success in Assam, BJP is now gearing up with its preparations for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, due next year, by holding its first national executive committee meeting in the state in five years.
According to the plan, party’s top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah, will converge in Allahabad on June 12 and 13 for the meet.
The last time BJP had held its national executive committee meeting in UP was in June 2011, a year ahead of the state assembly elections in which the party had fared more badly than the preceding one in 2007.
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The BJP’s decision to choose Allahabad as the venue for its national meet comes at a time when the district’s Congress leaders have appealed to their party to invoke former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and project the Nehru-Gandhi family’s association with Allahabad while also citing it as Indira’s “janmabhoomi”.
BJP’s Allahabad Mahanagar president Awdhesh Gupta said the district was chosen because it is “a globally recognised place” and is also “a religious city of Sangam”.
While preparations will soon begin for the national meet, the party’s state unit would also get ready to host the PM who is set to address a public meeting in Saharanpur on May 26 – to mark the completion of two years of his government at the Centre. On the completion of one year of his government, Modi had addressed a public meeting in Mathura last year.
As per the schedule, the state BJP will observe a ‘vikas parva saptah’ — from May 26 to May 31 — during which party MPs will conduct ‘jan chaupals’ at block level in the districts to highlight the Centre’s achievements.
On the concluding day of the ‘saptah’, Amit Shah will address a ‘kisan sammelan’ in Allahabad. Later, he will address a booth-level convention in Kanpur on June 4 and a convention of party’s Scheduled Caste Morcha in Lucknow the same day. Shah will address another convention of Braj region workers in Kasganj on June 7. Similar booth-level conventions will be organised in four other regional units later, party leaders said.
BJP state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal informed the party’s regional and district presidents about the schedule during a workshop held at its state headquarters on Saturday. District presidents have been asked to form their respective “executive committee bodies” before June 7.
Along with the party’s national joint general secretary (organisation), Shiv Prakash, party state president Keshav Prasad Maurya was also present at the meet.
In his address, Maurya asked the workers to “gear up to achieve the target of winning 265-plus Assembly seats in the elections next year.