Modi confidant Amit Shah set for takeoff in Uttar Pradesh
With the anointment of Narendra Modi as the chairman of the BJP’s campaign committee for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, eyes are now set on the Gujarat chief minister’s confidant and UP incharge Amit Shah’s proposed visit in Lucknow on June 12. HT reports.lucknow Updated: Jun 10, 2013 01:31 IST
With the anointment of Narendra Modi as the chairman of the BJP’s campaign committee for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, eyes are now set on the Gujarat chief minister’s confidant and UP incharge Amit Shah’s proposed visit in Lucknow on June 12.
Shaha was appointed BJP’s incharge of Uttar Pradesh affairs a month ago but he has not visited the state since then. Now, he may have a bigger role cut out for him after the party handing over the party’s reigns to his mentor,
“Shah is coming to Lucknow, on June 12 and he is expected to meet various party leaders during the state executive meet and chalk out a fresh strategy in view of the coming Lok Sabha polls,” said a party leader.
Shah will also be calling on former chief minister chief minister Kalyan Singh in Lucknow to discuss various issues.
“I phoned Narendra Modi to offer my greetings to him on his appointment as the chairman of the BJP’s poll campaign committee, “ Singh told the HT in Lucknow.
Kalyan Singh said that he assured Modi of working shoulder to shoulder with him in UP to help the party come out with flying colours in the Lok Sabha elections.
“Modi also told me that he had directed Amit Shah to call on me during his UP visit on June 12 to discuss and decide on various things,” Singh disclosed.
On the other hand, electrified over the announcement of Modi’s name, party workers and supporters displayed fireworks and also distributed sweets at the BJP headquarters.
“There is a lot of excitement among all of us and we hope Modi as the prime minister will rid the country of corruption and take the country on the path of development as he did in Gujarat,” said a party functionary.
All the celebration notwithstanding, UP is said to be the litmus test for Narendra Modi. The party has long been on the margin in UP which sends as may any 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha and he has no option but focus on UP.
“The BJP has only 10 MPs from UP and now the party under Modi must aspire for 30-40 seats in the next general elections and herein lines the real challenge for Modi", said a party leader.
Apart from the fact that making a dent into the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party’s committed vote bank would be an uphill; task for Modi, many feel that he does not have much leg space in UP where stalwarts like Rajnath Singh, Kalyan Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were already there.
“Presence of these stalwarts may not allow Modi to do much innovations in UP,” claimed another leader.
Kalyan Singh, however did not agree to this view. He said that Modi was hugely popular among masses and his acceptability, he claimed would put an end to infighting, if any, in the BJP’s state unit, “Everyone will work in close association with Narendra Modi,” he said.
Echoing same view, former state BJP state president, Surya Pratap Shahi said “Announcement of Narendra Modi has energized everyone and now all of us will work together under Modi’s leadership,” he said while talking on phone from Goa.
First Published: Jun 09, 2013 22:26 IST