Shah likely to remain BJP chief till polls in Maha, Haryana and Jharkhand

Shah likely to remain BJP chief till polls in Maha, Haryana and Jharkhand

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New Delhi, June 13: BJP chief Amit Shah, who is likely to continue in office holding dual charge as Union Home Minister and party boss till December, on Thursday said the 'peak' of success for the party is yet to come.

"Amit Shahji had said in August 2014 after taking over as BJP chief that the peak of success has not yet come. Today also after win in 2019 polls with party making it in 303 seats, Shah has said our success is yet to come," BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav told reporters here after Mr Shah held a meeting with party's office bearers and state leaders.

Sources said at the meeting of party's office bearers and state leaders and state in-charges, it was generally agreed that Mr Shah should continue to be BJP chief till December and lead the saffron outfit for forthcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand.

A section of party leaders have favoured that the party should also prepare well in advance for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir especially in the context of indications given by the Election Commission that polls could be held in the militancy-hit state by year end.

Sources said the party would embark on organisational polls but prior to that an intensive membership has been launched.

"It will be six-month long drawn programme and can extend up to December and finally we could have a new president or continue with Amit Shahji by January 2020," a party source told UNI.

At BJP Parliamentary Party Executive meeting on Tuesday, it was stated that Mr Shah will be national president and no formal responsibility was given to him at the party's parliamentary wing.

In his interactions with party leaders, Mr Shah underlined that the party leaders and workers still need to work hard to reach out to all sections of people who are not yet part of the party or have not got the taste of BJP's hard work and welfare schemes.

Mr Shah set a programme for formal membership drive and directed that efforts should be made to increase the membership number by about 20 per cent.
Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and BJP vice-president will be the Covenor of the Committee that will oversee the membership process.

Mr Dushyant Gautam, Suresh Pujari, Arun Chaturvdi and Ms Shobha Surendran have been appointed co-convenors of the membership drive panel, Mr Yadav said.

After 2014, BJP membership had increased to 11 crore, including the 10 lakh who were formally trained, he said.

'The huge mandate received by the party in 2019 polls was for the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, good performance of the government and the hard work of party workers,' he said.

Casteism and dynasty politics were outright defeated in these elections as was seen in Uttar Pradesh, he pointed out.

During elections, in 16 states, more than 50 per cent votes were received by the BJP, he said, adding in about 200 seats the party's lawmakers' victory margins have been overwhelming.

The meeting was attended among others by Ram Madhav, Vasundhara Raje, P Murlidhar Rao, Saroj Pandey and Mr Yadav. (UNI)