Bhubaneswar: In the backdrop of recent poll victories, the BJP is aiming for the sky. The COO of BJP Amit Shah has set a new tough target for the BJP leaders and workers. Shah told workers that the party is yet to reach its peak and having CMs in 13 states is not enough.
Speaking at the inaugural address of the two-day National Executive of BJP, being held at Bhubaneswar after a gap of 20 years, Shah said, "Many (people) declared after the 2014 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 briefed reporters about Shah's speech.
"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.
Noting that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will complete three years in office on May 26 and had worked hard during this period, he said: "... we have done work which other governments would do in two-three terms."
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.
Urging party workers "not to be lethargic" after stunning victories in recently-concluded assembly polls, Prasad also said 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.
Enthused by its resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP seems quite confident that it would come to power in Odisha, where it has never been in a commanding position despite being an ally of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for nine years.
The BJP hoped that it would be able to build its prospects in the state in the wake of the anti-incumbency tide against the Naveen Patnaik government, which has been in power since the last 17 years.
Shah has given a clear signal in the executive meeting that the party would work relentlessly to grab the eastern state in the 2019 elections.