Somnath (Gujarat), April 21 (IANS) A two-day meeting of BJP’s Gujarat state executive began here on Friday with a political resolution to target victory on 150-plus seats out of 182 in the state assembly elections elections due this year.
“The way people of Uttar Pradesh gave 73 of 80 Parliamentary seats to BJP in 2014 and repeated the historic win by giving 325 Assembly seats in 2017, the executive committee hopes that people in Gujarat, who gave all the 26 Lok Sabha seats to BJP in 2014, will give a mandate of over 150 seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections,” the resolution read.
BJP President Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who is the outgoing party in-charge of the state Dinesh Sharma as well as his successor Bhupender Yadav are expected to attend the meet on Saturday.
With Somnath being the spot that party veteran L.K. Advani had led his famous Ayodhya Yatra of 1990, with present Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his charioteer, the executive committee members hoped that the work on construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya would begin soon.
“It is of historical memory for us that the light for Ram temple at Ayodhya was lit on this pious land and it was from here that Somnath-Ayodhya Rathyatra had begun. The minds and hearts of crores of people in our country are seeking construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya…. when this executive meet is being held at Somnath, we pray to lord Somnath that the work on construction of temple begins at the earliest amidst religious harmony.”
The committee also resolved to strictly implement prohibition in the state.
“Some intellectuals keep giving an argument of revenue value loss to the exchequer due to prohibition but moral values are more important for a society than revenue value to the state,” said the resolution.