Grand preparation starts in Allahabad for BJP's national executive

 Allahabad : BJP is now gearing up its Mission 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls with holding its first national executive committee meeting in the state in five years and first time in the city. The national executive would be held in the Sangam city of Allahabad, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythological Saraswati on June 12- 13 from where the BJP and Congress is set to launch their UP election campaign. While BJP is doing it through the national executive this month, the Congress will launch from November 19, to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The highlight of the national executive would be a public rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 13 which will be attended by top brass of the party including national president Amit Shah. The meet will discuss the party's success in the Assam polls and its performance in other four states besides planning strategies for the coming assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand and other places particularly the home state of Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Mr Modi is also expected to attend almost all the sessions of the national executive thus giving its thrust on the party's importance in the UP elections. Around 450 delegates, several cabinet ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states would be attending the meet. The last time BJP had held its national executive committee meeting in Lucknow was in June 2011, a year ahead of the state assembly elections in which the party had fared more badly than the preceding one in 2007. The BJP’s decision to hold its national executive in Allahabad was just an effort to counter the desperate Congress, who is trying to revive itself in the state before the assembly elections with a plan to invoke the 'legendary' stature of Indira Gandhi at the very place where she was born - the historical Anand Bhawan in Allahabad as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will launch the party's mission for UP polls on November 19, Indira's 99th birth anniversary. UP BJP president and Lok Sabha member from Phulpur seat, Keshav Prasad Maurya said that hectic preparation are underway to hold a grand party meet here on June 12-13.  Mr Maurya, who himself is monitoring the preparation said that a big pandal is being erected at the KP college ground for the national executive while the rally of Prime Minister Mr Modi would be held at the Parade ground. "We are expecting around two million people in the rally of the PM and this was the reason the parade ground has been choosen," he said. Mr Maurya also announced that the new committee of the state unit would be announced very soon probably by this week." we have fixed a target of winning 265-plus Assembly seats in the elections next year and it will be achieved easily," he further claimed. Yesterday, BJP national president Amit Shah too visited the both the venues in Allahabad for the national executive as well as for the rally and has given his approval.Mr Shah had addressed a ‘kisan sammelan’ here yesterday to end the one week long celeberations of the second anniversary of the Modi government. Shah is expected to address a booth-level convention in Kanpur on June 4 and a convention of party’s Scheduled Caste Morcha in Lucknow the same day. He will address another convention of Braj region workers in Kasganj on June 7.

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