Mission UP: BJP National Executive to chalk out plan

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets BJP President Amit Shah at the party's parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Photo - PTI

Photo – PTI

Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due to be held early next year will be dominating BJP’s national executive on Sunday. The two-day meet will also be taking stock of the NDA government’s performance at the centre, which completed two years last month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah will be attending the party’s top brainstorming meet.

Speculations are rife that the ruling party may narrow down on its face for the crucial UP assembly polls.

There were reports that Union Home minister Rajnath Singh may be party’s face for the most populous state but they are yet to be any official word from the party. On his part, Rajnath Singh has dismissed speculations saying “there is no dearth of capable faces in UP”.

Following him, even BJP has dismissed any premature announcement on the issue.

“Whenever a decision is taken, parliamentary board will convey it to you,” party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told a press conference in New Delhi.

PM-Narendra-Modi-and-HM-Rajnath-SinghBesides, senior members of the Union Cabinet, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and members of Parliament will take part in the meet at Allahabad to set the agenda for the Assembly elections.

“…Allahabad has been the state’s political epicentre and the place where stalwarts ranging from Jawaharlal Nehru to VP Singh have learnt their ropes. And a party meeting organised here will certainly have a catalytic effect on our efforts to bring about political change in Uttar Pradesh,” BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said.

With positive performances in the polls held in five states last month, especially winning Assam polls, BJP is now hoping to repeat its 2014 General Elections performance, where it won whopping 71 out of 80 seats.

Party president Amit Shah, who is also a man behind BJP’s formidable performance in UP, has been at the thick of devising strategies and narrowing shortcomings in the state. Posters have already been put up on the streets displaying the header ‘Mission 265 Plus’ a term coined by Shah who has repeatedly exhorted workers to aim at achieving a thumping majority for the party in the 403-strong UP assembly.

The party is also expected to raise its banner against the incumbent Samajwadi Party government, which has recently drawn flak over violence in Mathura.

“The meeting will definitely address the issue of the ‘goonda raj’ unleashed by the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state, which had its worst manifestation in the recent violence at Mathura where land-grabbers enjoying political patronage killed two valiant police officials,” the party spokesperson said.