Allahabad: On day one of the BJP's national executive meeting here, party president Amit Shah told office bearers on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given decisive leadership to NDA govt in last two years.
He also raised the issue of lack of development and governance in Uttar Pradesh. At the same time, the BJP chief pointed out that there was an atmosphere of violence prevailing in UP and cited the recent Mathura and Kairana incidents while attacking Samajwadi Party government.
Addressing the media here, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted Shah as saying, "Amit Shah ji while addressing the executive meet said, 'gateway to the north east has been opened for BJP'."
"From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kutch to Guwahati, the BJP is expanding," the BJP chief said.
Prasad added that Shah had compared the performance of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government with that of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
"While there was policy paralysis in the Congress-led government, our government has made progress with clear policy decisions - where policy decisions are taken by the political leadership and the executive implements them," Prasad said quoting Shah.
"The previous government was marred by policy paralysis. Our government has been a decisive government that has ended a lot of dilemmas of the previous regime," the BJP president said, as per IANS.
Prasad said that the BJP chief had pointed out that the two years of the Modi government have been corruption-free.
Shah told the meeting, attended by senior ministers, BJP chief ministers, party MPs and state unit chiefs, among others, "The Congress-led UPA government was in a dilemma whether rural development should take precedence over urban development. Whether there should be reforms or social welfare?"
"Our government has overcome all such dilemmas by striking a fine balance between rural and urban development, reforms and social welfare and issues of governance," Prasad quoted him as saying.
The two-day conclave will conclude tomorrow, followed by a rally to be addressed by PM Modi.
The national executive meet is likely to set the agenda for the Assembly elections in UP which is less than a year away.
Posters have come up across the city displaying the header 'Mission 265 Plus' a term coined by Shah who has repeatedly exhorted workers to aim at achieving a thumping majority for the party in the 403-strong UP assembly, as per PTI.
The BJP at present has less than 50 MLAs in the house, a massive decline since the 1990s when it used to be the top political group in the state.
BJP has brought several new faces to its national executive, the highlight being some former Congress leaders, including former Odisha CM and tribal leader Giridhar Gamang and saffron party leader KV Singh Deo, also from that state. Deo is a former state party chief.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, who defected from Congress to BJP and played a key role in its big Assam win, and former Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna, a new entrant to the saffron party, have also been inducted into the national executive.
(With Agency inputs)