The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to woo Tamil actor Rajinikanth who has dropped strong hints of joining politics in recent days. After Union minister Nitin Gadkari, BJP chief Amit Shah has welcomed the southern superstar to join the party ranks.
BJP president Amit Shah today kicked off his three-day visit to Telangana, exuding confidence that the party would come to power in the new state in days to come.
In his inaugural address at a national workshop for party's spokespersons drawn from across the country, he said the government has worked a lot to uplift and empower the poor, Dalits and the backwards and it was now the spokespersons' job to reach out to the masses with this.
"The mandate of the national capital is the nation's mandate. It establishes once again that the people of India are firmly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is their stamp of approval on the Modi government's works," he said.
BJP leaders said Shah expressed concern over the tense situation in J&K and said the Centre and the party were committed to bringing peace in the state.
The visit assumes significance in view of the deteriorating security condition in the state and tension between coalition partners--the BJP and the PDP--following certain remarks made by some BJP leaders and a minister.
They also gave a detailed presentation on models applied by their governments to get feedback from people on the efficacy of their schemes, including the centrally sponsored schemes.
PM Modi landed in Surat late on Sunday evening to a grand reception by party workers, just two days after a similar roadshow was organised by the BJP ahead of the its national executive in Bhubneshwar.
The roadshow, which began from the airport around 7.25 PM and ended at 9.25 PM at the Circuit House, was a mega outreach by Modi in the election year after the BJP decided to project him as the face of 2017 state Assembly polls, which will be a battle of prestige for the Prime Minister in his home state.
The National Executive meet finally wound down in Odisha after two days of marathon pow-wow that saw BJP bigwigs Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley address the cadres in a closed-door meeting.
PM Narendra Modi will soon be addressing a rally in Odisha today. His two-day visit to the state concludes today. The strategic meet was held to discuss various issues ranging from GST Bill to demonetisation.
The BJP won 13 seats in the keenly-contested elections, eight less than its 2012 tally. The party, though finished second after the opposition Congress (17), cobbled up an alliance with various local outfits and Independents.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today met BJP President Amit Shah and the two leaders are believed to have discussed the state's political and governance issues.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his government's focus will be on providing better education and employment facilities in the state and easing the pressure on farmers.
"In 2014 the number of households with gas connections was 14 crore and it stands at 20 crore now, Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas said at the Global Natural Resources Conclave. India has a total of 26 crore households.
While he is expected to hold a series of meetings with state office bearers to finalise the election strategy for each of the 182 Assembly seats, he did set the tone for the campaigning by taking on the Opposition and predicted that Modi's Vijay Rath will roll into Gujarat as well.
Yogi Aditynath today said he was informed by BJP chief Amit Shah only a day before the swearing-in ceremony that he will be the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
The BJP is now setting its eye on Congress veteran Madhavsinh Solanki's 1985 massive mandate which reduced the opposition to less than 11 seats in Gujarat state assembly of 182. The state goes to polls next year.
From 'love jihad' to hate speeches to criminal cases pending against him, Yogi Adityanath is not one to stay out of the limelight.
The state will also have two deputy chief ministers in UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma.
Rejecting allegations that the BJP made a back door entry to power in Goa and Manipur, Amit Shah said the saffron outfit had polled the highest votes in these states, where the Congress failed to get a clear mandate.
Voters in Uttar Pradesh handed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the biggest majority for any party in the state since 1977, effectively giving their blessing to his shock decision last November to scrap 86 percent of the cash in circulation.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls "did not quite go down to the wire", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
BJP chief Amit Shah said the parliamentary elections are the next big challenge for the party following its win in the recently concluded state polls.