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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, July 08, 2013
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s aide Amit Shah harped on Hindutva for the second consecutive day in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. He urged party cadres in Gorakhpur that a belief in the BJP’s core value of Hindutva, and not the profile of the candidate, would ensure the party’s win in the Lok Sabha polls.

At a time when the clamour for projecting Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate is growing louder in the BJP, Shah said the party would not contest elections on the basis of any single individual.

“You all are the face of the party in your respective areas. You, the BJP worker would help us win on the basis of our ideological beliefs,” he told party workers at Saraswati Vidya Mandir Balak Inter College in Gorakhpur.

Shah, who was recently appointed the in-charge of party affairs in UP, added BJP was the only party that could launch the election campaign without a candidate.

He arrived here from Ayodhya where he touched upon the temple issue on Saturday, raking up a political storm with the Congress even calling for a ban on Shah’s entry into UP.

Agreeing with the Gujarat-based leader, fire brand Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath felt only Hindutva could make a dent in caste strongholds of the ruling Samajwadi Party and the main opposition Bahujan Samaj Party.

Spurred by Jai Shri Ram chants, Modi’s aide touched upon various issues – referring to cattle smuggling in UP where he said terror suspects were also being freed by the ruling Samajwadi Party.

Shah also referred to Bangladeshi migrants in UP and talks of Muslim reservation. He asked, “Doesn’t your blood boil when you see governments indulge in such unabashed appeasement politics? As BJP workers, it’s our duty to check such things.”

He emphasised on booth management and said that only through proper and effective booth management would the party be able to make an impression not just in 2014 Lok Sabha polls but in all the other electoral battles to follow.