No room for complacency in state polls, Amit Shah tells BJP MPs

On the back of BJP’s stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha polls, party chief Amit Shah has asked ministers and MPs to put their best foot forward to maintain the winning streak in the assembly polls slated in four states later this year. Addressing party MPs on July 31, for the first time since he took charge, Shah made it clear that there is no room for complacency and that the immediate focus of the party is to win the state polls in Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Haryana.

Speaking at the parliamentary party meeting at the Central Hall, Shah, whose UP strategy changed BJP’s electoral fortunes, asked the MPs to adhere to “Sampark, Samvaad and Samanvay” (communication, dialogue and coordination) with the voters, so that they do not turn away from the party at the state level. He asked the MPs to utilize their MPLADS funds judiciously in consultation with local leaders to avoid any disconnect between the party and MPs. As a step in this direction, he said, each one of them should set up offices as well as coordination committees in their respective constituencies for effective utilisation of MPLADS funds.

Shah cautioned them against disconnect with voters and take the upcoming assembly elections and bypolls seriously. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired the BJP parliamentary party meeting, earlier introduced Shah to the party MPs. “The new BJP chief stressed on having coordination between the party MPs and the public and asked all party members to work at the booth-level,” said BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi after the meeting.

Shah told the MPs that this was the first time in independent India’s history that a non-Congress government got absolute majority and it will be the duty of MPs to ensure party’s victory in their respective states. MPs from those states which are not poll-bound will also be deployed for party work in the pollbound states.

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