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BJP yet to be at its peak, says Amit Shah

IANS | Bhubaneswar |

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said on Saturday that despite being in power at centre and in 13 states, the party is yet to achieve its peak and urged workers to devote themselves for the cause.

"Many (people) declared after the 2104 general elections that the BJP reached its peak, but it was not so. They then said in 2017 (after elections to the five states, including Uttar Pradesh) that the BJP has now attained it peak, but it is not the case," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted Amit Shah as saying at inaugural session of the party's two-day National Executive meeting here.

"But the BJP is yet to be at its peak. The BJP will attain its peak when BJP will have Chief Ministers in all the states and it has members everywhere — from panchayats to Parliament," Shah added, according to Prasad.

"Let's resolve to make BJP a pan-India party from panchayats to Parliament. BJP's golden period should be associated with country's golden period," Shah said.

Amit Shah said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will complete three years in office on May 26 and it had worked hard during this period.

"… we have done work which other governments would do in two-three terms," he said.

The BJP Chief also said that earlier there was a perception that BJP was doing well only where there was Congress and not against the regional parties, but the recent election results of Uttar Pradesh has proved this perception wrong. BJP can also perform in the states ruled by regional parties, he noted.

Urging party workers "not to be lethargic" after stunning victories in recently-concluded assembly polls, Amit Shah said that all the National Executive members including ministers would visit at least 15 days at booths to know their problems and concerns including to take suggestions for the improvement.

Prasad also told media persons that the BJP chief would tour, for 95 days, different parts of the country till September.

"Shah will extensively tour the country till September. During this tour Shah will spend three days in Kerala also," he said.

Prasad also said that 2,470 workers have shown interest to work for the party for one year while 1,441 have agreed to work for the party for six months and 3.78 lakh workers have agreed to work for 15 days.

"They can be posted anywhere in the country besides their home state," he said.

The first day of the two-day meet was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 13 Chief Ministers including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was given a grand welcome at the event.