PM Modi along with other senior leaders of BJP during party meet in Allahabad. (Photo: IANS)
Comparing the enormous goodwill that BJP received in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked party leaders to preserve the goodwill in view of the next assembly polls in the country and the 2019 general elections.
He expressed this view while addressing a meeting of party office bearers in Allahabad before the official inauguration of the party's two-day National Executive meet in Allahabad, informed sources said.
"The need of the hour is to preserve the massive goodwill that the party got in 2014, like a monsoon downpour," a BJP leader, who also attended the office bearers meet, quoted Modi as saying.
Modi 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 Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh which are due next year.
Earlier, in his speech party president Amit Shah trained his guns at the state's Samajwadi Party government and raised the issue of alleged "migration" of Hindus from Kairana and the recent Mathura violence.
"The incident at Kairana where a large number of people are migrating is very unfortunate. The Mathura violence was also very unfortunate. The SP government has been unable to control the situation," Shah said.
He also lashed out at the Samajwadi Party government for the law and order situation and "the lack of development".
"There is no peace. Here, the atmosphere is of violence and the state government has failed to control all these," the Bharatiya Janata Party president said.
Directed his ire against the Congress, Shah said its politics of obstructionism had become the hallmark of the main opposition party in the last two years.
This is also the reason for the weakening of the Congress, Shah maintained.
"The BJP is rising because of its ideology, the commitment of its workers and extraordinary commitment of the government and its leadership," he said.
Providing to the media the highlights of the party president's address, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad later said that Shah compared the performance of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre with that of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
"While there was policy paralysis in the Congress-led government, our government has made progress with clear policy decisions -- where policy decisions are taken by the political leadership and the executive implements them," Prasad quoted Shah as saying.