Keep up the 'goodwill'
Allahabad: With eye on next year’s assembly polls in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, and on ‘Mission 2019’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted BJP party workers to preserve the massive goodwill the party received in 2014 till the next general elections.
PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Chandra Shekhar Azad during his visit to Chandra Shekhar Azad Park in Allahabad yesterday. Pic/PTI
Besides, BJP chief Amit Shah, in his speech, trained his guns at the state’s Samajwadi Party government and raised the issue of alleged ‘migration’ of Hindus from Kairana, in Shamli district, and the recent Mathura violence.
Modi, addressing a meeting of party office bearers in Allahabad before the official inauguration of the party’s two-day National Executive meet, said, “The need of the hour is to preserve the massive goodwill that the party got in 2014, like a monsoon downpour,” said a BJP leader, who attended the meet.
The Prime Minister also asked the party leaders to preserve its 11 crore members. Reminding party leaders of ‘Mission UP’ and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Modi said the party needs to preserve these 11 crore people as ‘voters and members’ of the party by involving them with social initiatives and campaigns of the BJP government. Modi also gave tips to party leaders to change in accordance with technology, time and age, keeping in mind the assembly elections in UP.
Jihadi elements behind exodus: VHP
The VHP yesterday held ‘jihadi elements’ responsible for the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana and asked the Samajwadi Party government to ‘rein them in’ and tighten law and order in the state. “Jihadis are being encouraged to carry out their activities... VHP calls upon the state government to rein in jihadi elements who are responsible for this exodus and tighten the law and order in the state,” VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain said.
BJP slams SP over Kairana migration
A war of words broke out yesterday over the alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana with the BJP saying it is not good for democracy and that a party team will be sent to probe the ‘sensitive’ issue, prompting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to accuse the saffron leaders of resorting to lies. “Party President has set up a committee, which will go there and study the situation. Such a migration is not good for democracy. The party is sensitive about it and proper steps will be taken after the report comes,” union minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters on the second day of BJP National Executive meeting in Allahabad yesterday.