New Delhi: BJP National Executive meet Friday
saw the party putting a special emphasis on coming assembly
polls in Uttar Pradesh, a contest Congress is treating as a
"semi-final" for its Prime Ministerial aspirant Rahul Gandhi
ahead of 2014 general elections, and deciding to fight the
election on its own.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari dwelt at length in his
inaugural address at the conclave on the state and prospects
of the party in Uttar Pradesh where elections are due in
Gadkari has taken several steps, including giving
important organisational responsibilities to senior party
leaders like Rajnath Singh and Uma Bharti, in a bid to change
BJP`s declining electoral fortunes in the state.
"Gadkari said in his address that the feedback the party
is getting shows that BJP`s prospects are brigthening day by
day in Uttar Pradesh," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Though BJP had won only 51 of the 403 Assembly seats of
Uttar Pradesh in the last elections in 2007, Gadkari said if
the party worked hard it could even come to power this time.
"There is a triumvirate of BSP, SP and Congress in UP,"
Prasad said, quoting Gadkari.
"We will have not have an alliance with SP or BSP,"
Prasad said. Neither have these two parties approached BJP to
form a coalition", he added.
Prasad said there were no talks with Ajit Singh`s RLD
since "BJP is strong in all parts of the state" and needs no