Wanting the country to be “Congress-free”, new BJP chief Amit Shah said on Saturday that Congress culture needs to be replaced by that of his party whose foremost priority is to win the upcoming assembly elections in four states with big majority.
Seeking replacing of the “ideology” of Congress, BJP President asked cadres to work for expanding the party’s reach with focus on states like UP, Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir where assembly polls are due in near future.
Addressing the party’s day-long National Council meeting that ratified his appointment as BJP president, Shah also targeted leaders of other parties, including Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and said it is necessary that the party should capture power in these two states as well.
He also underlined that the party would not be in government for long unless its reach is expanded and exhorted all the ministers in Narendra Modi government to work for implementation of the party manifesto.
Shah, who is credited with getting BJP-led alliance 73 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections, said, “For long Congress ‘vichar’ (ideology) has been pre-dominant in the country’s politics. Now it is time to ensure that our ‘vichar’ (ideology) has an imprint on nation’s politics”.
He said the government would have to run efficiently to play a long innings and along with it, the party has its role of reaching to more and more people and states to carry the message of good governance.
Shah, a close confidante of PM Modi, slammed the former UPA government, saying it had left the country in bad condition as it had “failed on all fronts”.
Referring to the recent Lok Sabha polls, the new BJP Chief said in his maiden speech that the electoral verdict was “defeat of dynasty politics” and the “people rejected appeasement and votebank politics”.
“When history is written, the former UPA government will be known as a government of scams,” he said at the convention which endorsed the decision to make him Party Chief.
In a pep talk to his party cadres, he said BJP should strive to form government even in states like Andhra Pradesh for which the party cadres should expand the BJP’s reach throughout the country.
In the context of upcoming elections in four states: Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, he asked party workers to work hard to achieve full majority.
“We need to ensure that we get absolute majority in all these states. This is our foremost priority. But our long-term objective is to provide good governance to the entire country,” he told the conclave attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders like L K Advani, M M Joshi and outgoing party chief Rajnath Singh.