BJP extends Amit Shah’s tenure


 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Senior BJP Leader L.K. Advani and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the BJP National Executive Meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. -Agency
A slogan of “Ajey BJP” (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting of the party’s national office bearers and also presidents of its state units. The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday decided to defer its organizational elections to pave the way for Amit Shah to continue as president until the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“Organizational elections are a vast exercise and it takes time too. All the workers get involved in it. So, a discussion is going on to defer the organizational polls until the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are completed,” West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told reporters in New Delhi at the sidelines of the two-day national executive meeting.
Sources said that the issue was discussed at the office bearers, State BJP chiefs and general secretary (organization) of the States meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr. Shah and a resolution, in this regard, will be passed by the national executive meeting.
The office-bearers’ meeting takes place before inauguration of the national executive meeting to set its agenda.According to the party constitution, any eligible member can hold the post of president for two-consecutive terms of three years each.
Shah was elected unopposed as the party president on January 24, 2016, for a second term, this time for a full tenure of three years. He had earlier completed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s interrupted tenure as president from July 2014. His second term will end on January 26, 2019.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Shah was in charge of Uttar Pradesh where the BJP won 73 out of total 80 seats. After Mr. Singh became Home Minister in the Narendra Modi government, Mr. Shah was apoointed BJP president in July 2014.
Briefing reporters about the office bearers meeting, BJP secretary Rahul Sinha quoted Mr. Shah as saying that the party will contest the 2019 polls on the performance of the Modi government and strength of organisation.
“The opposition parties are trying to spread confusion among the people but they will not succeed. We will win 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a bigger margin,” Mr. Sinha said. He said there are 22 crore beneficiaries of the central government’s schemes and it has been decided that “9 crore party workers” will reach out to them.
“Their (workers) responsibility would be to take these beneficiaries to the polling centres,” Mr. Sinha said, adding that party’s booth level workers has been given responsibility to take voters out from their houses to polling centers.Modi will address the national executive on September 9 afternoon.
A key BJP meeting chaired by its president Amit Shah on Saturday vowed to work to ensure the party’s return to power in the Lok Sabha elections with a bigger victory than 2014 when it had won a majority on its own for the first time in its electoral history, sources said.
Additionally, the party has chosen not to have organizational polls till the general elections are done. The party will face elections under the leadership of Mr. Shah whose term was to end in January next year.A slogan of “Ajey BJP” (Invincible BJP) was adopted at the meeting of the party’s national office bearers and also presidents of its state units.
They pledged to work for the party’s victory in assembly polls in five states and a decision was taken to give extra emphasis on the elections in Telangana, which is likely to go the polls with states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
“The BJP is confident of returning to power with more number of seats than it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” a source said.Mr. Shah inaugurated the office-bearers meeting and it will be followed by a two-day meeting of the party’s national executive.


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