The ruling Bharatiya Janta Party on Thursday kick-started the party’s two-day convention, which the party said was aimed at mobilizing workers at the poll booth level in next month’s civic polls in Madhya Pradesh.
Addressing more than 25,000 party workers, mostly poll booth-level workers, union minister for urban development Venkaiah Naidu said it was time for the BJP to hold the reins of the government at all the levels in the country.
"If the BJP is in power at all the tiers, we will ensure that funds sent for public are utilised properly," said Naidu.
Terming Madhya Pradesh as the 'most performing' state, Naidu lauded chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the state's development.
For decades, the Congress ruled the country and now it was the BJP workers' turn to ensure that the party holds the reins at the national level, the states, and also in the urban bodies, he said.
Naidu asked party workers to defeat the Congress from the 300-odd urban civic bodies in the state.
The ruling BJP controls nine of the 14 municipal corporations in the state, while the Congress and the BSP hold two each and one is held by an independent.
Earlier inaugurating the two-day 'Sankalp Adhiveshan', state BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan highlighted the role of the nameless party workers, who worked hard to ensure the party’s but never got recognition.
The BJP has won three consecutive assembly elections in the state apart from its impressive showings in the national, the cooperative and the rural elections and it was time for the ‘lotus to bloom’ in the forthcoming civic polls in the state, said Chauhan.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Prakash Javdekar, Thavarchand Gahlot, Narendra Singh Tomar, BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha are scheduled to address party workers at the two-day event.