New Delhi: Having suffered 3:0 bye-election defeat in Uttarakhand, BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday asked party workers not to be "complacent" and have "hunger for victory" as he set a target for "absoulte majority" for the party in coming assembly elections in four states.
Shah underlined that the party would not be in government for long unless its reach expands and exhorted all the ministers to work for implementation of the party manifesto.
"The country is yet to be rid of Congress. The cadres should keep this in mind.... Assembly elections are coming in four states of Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
"We need to ensure that we get absolute majority in all these states. This is our foremost prioririty.
Shah, whose appointment as party President was today ratified in the BJP National Council meeting, exhorted party cadres to work for expanding the party`s reach with focus on states like UP, Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir where assembly polls are due later this year.
He asked the party cadres not to take as a "routine" affair the proposed membership drive of BJP from November 1 and ensure that every booth has BJP workers and every college and university should have a stall for membership through e-registration.
"We should not be complacent. We will win only if we have the hunger for victory and expanding the organization. We should ensure that there is not a single booth where BJP does not have a worker. BJP is going to reach its workers to every booth," he said.
Talking about e-membership plan of the party, Shah, considered an ace stratageist on organizational matters, said not a single college and university should be left without the BJP`s e-registration booth.
Asking cadres from across the country to focus on the assembly elections in four states due later this year, he said "the states will see development only when BJP government is formed there."
Shah, who is credited with getting BJP-led alliance 73 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections, said the government would have to run efficiently to play a long innings and along with it, the party has its role of reaching out to more and more people and states to carry the message of good governance.