After northeast, goal is Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Bengal: Modi, Shah

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New Delhi, March 3:  Riding on the BJP’s poll victory in the northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah on Saturday set the party on the goal of securing power in Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal, saying the golden period is yet to come until and unless they have won these states.

Addressing party workers at the newly inaugurated BJP Headquarters here, Modi mocked at the Congress saying its stature had never become so small as it is now and recalled his speech on last Sunday in Puducherry where he told the Chief Minister V. Narayansamy that he would be lucky to be the sole Congress Chief Minister in the country soon.

He exhorted party workers to work for establishing BJP governments in Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha, saying the BJP was spread across the nation like a Banyan tree on the efforts of its workers.

“For all-round development a popular approach of 360 degrees is followed. It is considered to be the perfect approach for bringing good results. It has its own importance,” Modi said remembering slain party workers killed in political violence in Tripura, Karnataka, West Bengal and other parts of the country.

“Can we take a pledge to move towards 360 degrees. I believe that the party President will decide at a proper time as to which way we should move forward. As a party worker, we will do whatever the party asks us to do to bring victory results.”

Earlier in his victory speech and at a press conference, Shah also spoke of the party forming governments in Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha and returning to power at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Till the (BJP) governments are formed in Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala, till the time we win Karnataka, the golden period is yet to come. We will form governments in Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala and surely win Karnataka,” he said.

Modi said about two dozen BJP workers have been killed in Kerala, West Bengal and Karnataka.

“Still we maintained silence. When we take action they cry ‘vendetta’. This isn’t vendetta but a mandate, a step for the betterment of the nation.”

Targeting the Left and the Congress, Modi said the election results in the northeast have proved that the best reply to those spreading rumors and lies was given by people in democracy through their votes.

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Referring to the spectacular win, ousting the Left from 25 years of power and the BJP surge in the northeast, Modi said: “When the sun sets its color turns red, when it rises it is absolute saffron. Yesterday (Holi) the nation was smeared in all the colours but today all those colors have merged into saffron.”

He said the “Congress stature has never been so low as it is today. Our President (Amit Shah) is winning us elections after elections and the Congress President (Rahul Gandhi) was thrust on the party and his stature is getting smaller by the day due to losses in elections in one after the other,” Modi said.

He warned BJP workers, asking them to remain vigilant against Congress culture seeping into the party ranks.

Talking about the electoral victories in the northeast, Modi said the region was the most important part of the country as per the “vastu Shastra”.

“In vastu also, the northeast in a house is very important. According to Vastu Shastra, the northeast is the most auspicious side. I am happy that northeast is now a part of the BJP’s development path. With the northeast now taken care of, the foundation for the rest of the country has automatically become solid.”

He said people from the region used to feel that Delhi was too far from them but now the situation is such that New Delhi (the Central government) has itself at the doorstep of the northeast. We sent more ministers to the northeast in the last four years than any other government since independence. Every 15 days, we would send a minister there to spend at least 24 hours so that we can understand their aspirations and their problems.”

Modi said victory and defeat are natural in a democracy but he has seen from 2014 that BJP rivals have not reconciled to loss. He cited the statement of the CPI-M which blamed its defeat in Tripura on use of money power by the BJP and said he was taken aback by that statement.

Shah said the poll results on Saturday were a “historic” verdict from all angles. “It is a historic day for the BJP. Victory celebrations are being held in the new party office. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the victory chariot has reached the northeast and is on its way to Karnataka.

“It is the victory of act east policy and development policies of the NDA government. The people of the northeast have put a stamp of approval on the policies of the government.”

He said the Congress has not been able to open its account in Nagaland and Tripura and the mandate in all the three states of the northeast was against the Congress.