Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP national campaign committee chairman Narendra Modi on Tuesday exhorted party leaders of the State to capitalise on the anti-incumbency factor against the BJD Government and the antipathy of the people towards the Congress.
With the anti-incumbency factor against the State Government, which is embroiled in several scams, and the people still not ready to accept the Congress, there is enough space for the BJP to improve its electoral prospects, Modi said during his 40-minute discussion with State party leaders at Puri.
Modi advised the State leaders to concentrate on local issues and involve the people in the fight against corruption and Government inertia.
“Go to the people and tell them what the Government had promised before the election and what remained unfulfilled,” he said.
Modi cited the example of Gujarat where the party had won 16 seats in 1990 Assembly elections.
However, the BJP came to power in 1995 with a majority.
This was possible because the party could win the confidence of the people.
After getting feedback on the political situation in the State, Modi told the State leaders to gear up for the next general elections. “There is enough time for the party to reach the people,” he said and advised the State leaders to prepare the electoral strategy well in advance.
State BJP functionaries, members of the State executive committee, district presidents, MLAs, ex-MLAs and former Members of Parliament attended the meeting.
On his arrival here, Modi was given a rousing reception at the city airport.