Former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee on Sunday asked BJP leaders to end groupism and work united for winning the UP assembly elections, which he said, would open the “door of opportunity” for the party to re-capture power at the Centre.
Wrapping up the three-day BJP conclave, Vajpayee said, “the road to Delhi is via Lucknow and the UP polls are not just another assembly elections. We have to think seriously and work hard for ushering in the change both in the state and in the country.”
Speaking in his characterstic style laced with humour, he said, “Lucknow means Luck Now. The message from this conclave is that luck won’t come to us on its own. We have to work to bring us luck. The only mantra I know of is that, forget your differences, work shoulder to shoulder and remember the common man.”
Leader of Opposition L K Advani too saw signs of ascent for the BJP, warning the party not to mistake that the UPA was stable and the people were satisfied with the government’s performance. “It is just an appearance.”
He said, “UP is where the BJP will bounce back. The first challenge is in UP. It is where we will bounce back. It is where we drew real strength when we marched to power in the late 1990s and do so again in the 2009 polls.”