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Bhubaneshwar: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday instructed the party workers not to be complacent after the party's recent victories in the assembly polls and said that they must strive to win elections from panchayat to parliament in order to cement a pan-India presence.

Earlier, Shah held a meeting with party office-bearers to set the meeting agenda. Some 350 party members, including senior leaders such as LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union ministers and chief ministers of 13 BJP-governed states will attend the meet. Minister Prasad said that BJP chief Amit Shah will spend time at the booth-level for 95 days by September.

"If you analyse the UP election, the BJP would have even if other parties were together", Prasad said. "Party leaders should not be lazy and keep working hard", he said.

Top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were in attendance as he asked the organisation to resolve for victory in the next round of assembly elections due in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka, noting that a similar resolve was made past year during the national executive meeting in Allahabad for five state elections, including in UP.

The city saw another road-show on 15 April, with Modi's arrival.


Modi will stay at the BJP meeting from 5 p.m.to 8.30 p.m., BJP sources said.

Over the past one year, around 3.78 lakh workers enrolled for a programme through which they will be sent outside their home state for organisation works.

Speaking to the media, Shah dubbed this attitude of opposition parties as disrespect to the Election Commission (EC). "In fact, questioning EVMs is an insult to the EC", Shah said. The upbeat mood was all the more palpable because of surprise performance in Odisha panchayat polls in which the party dislodged Congress as the principal challenger to the ruling BJD.

He said since the Prime Minister was on political mission, there was no need to meet him. We took vow to give our best in upcoming elections in HP, Gujarat, Karnataka says Ravi Shankar Prasad at BJP National Executive Meet.

On the question of whether the issue of building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya had been discussed, Mr. Prasad replied in the negative, saying, "We don't have to discuss the Ram Mandir in every meet, it is on our manifesto for the 2014 polls and the Sankalp Patra for the U.P. polls".

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