THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday reiterated his ultimatum to the state BJP leaders to get their act together and strengthen party activities in Kerala.
Meeting BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and the state general secretaries, he repeated the demand that party leaders and workers should focus on grassroots level planning and work. He said he would return to Kerala on October 22, his birthday. Shah, who was on a three-day visit to the state, had a packed Sunday.
Sunday morning, he laid the foundation stone for the new party state headquarters at Mararji Bhavan. Later, he had his breakfast at the house of Ratheesh, president of the 95th booth. Addressing booth-level workers at the 95th booth, he stressed the need to strengthen booth-level activities of the party.
He held meetings with full-time workers of the party, newspaper and visual media editors and monks belonging to various orders. By 6 pm he left for New Delhi.
Modi’s transparent governance a model: Shah
BJP president Amit Shah said the Modi government has changed the way the country is run with its transparent, decisive and interactive performance over the last three years.
Addressing the Editors’ meet here, he said while the previous UPA Government faced scams to the tune of over Rs 12 lakh crore, there has not been a single allegation of corruption against the present government.
Shah lined up statistics to substantiate his claim that the present government has outperformed the previous one in terms of welfare and development. He also said the 14th Finance Commission has ensured that Kerala received an increase of Rs 70,000 crore as its share of central taxes. Shah had an off-the-record but freewheeling session with editors.
Amit Shah meets monks
BJP national president Amit Shah met monks from various monastic orders in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. The sanyasins presented before him the problems faced by the Hindu community in the state.
Brahmachari Bhargavaram and Gururetnam Jnanatapaswi of the Santhigiri Ashram later told reporters Shah promised them a favourable stand would be taken in this regard. Political issues were not discussed at the meeting which was held at the Government Guest House, Thycaud, they said.
Sivagiri Math president Vissudhananda, secretary Swami Sandrananda, Aluva Adwaithasram secretary Swami Sivaroopananda, Sree Ramadasa Mission president Brahmapadananda Saraswati, Chinmaya Mission coordinator (Thiruvananthapuram) Bhrahmachari Dhruvachaitanya, Swami Moksha Vrithananda of the Sree Ramakrishna Mission and Swami Jnanamritanandapuri of the Amritanandamayi Math were among those who called on the BJP national president.