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In the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on his mind, BJP President Amit Shah attacked the Samajwadi Party government over the atmosphere of violence in the state, citing recent Mathura clashes and migration of Hindus from a western UP town to target it. In his inaugural speech at the party s two-day national executive, Shah also stressed on the challenges before the party in 2017, when elections are due in UP, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, as he exhorted the party workers to rise to the occasion by taking the Modi government s successes to the masses. With the entire party leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, present, he also trained guns on the Congress, saying it is increasingly weakening and its atrophy is growing at an alarming pace due to its policy of repeatedly obstructing the government s path to development in the last two years.


He also expressed confidence that the party will return to power in UP in 2017 and the Centre in 2019 as well. Briefing reporters about Shah’s speech, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the National Executive will not name any chief ministerial candidate for the UP polls, noting that such a decision can be taken only by the party s Parliamentary Board, its highest decision-making body.

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