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Chandigarh BJP unit should work on 'vistarak yojna': Shah

Chandigarh, May 20 (PTI) BJP president Amit Shah today urged Chandigarh unit of the party to work hard on 'vistarak yojna' (expansion plan) which was initiated across the country to strengthen it in the wake of upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

"The 'yojna' which was started this year to mark the birth centenary of RSS icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay is to ensure massive win again," he said while briefing the core committee of Chandigarh BJP unit at the party office.

Shah also asked the party workers here to launch a magazine, bearing the achievements of cental government and highlight its 107 projects which are benefiting the masses.

The magazine should not only bear the achievements of national level but the breakthroughs of Municipal Corporation, he said.

"Modi government has been able to implement massive schemes for the welfare of people and they all should be well aware of the success rate of the same," he said.

Shah advised workers to act as a 'spine' for any party.

With the help of party workers, BJP has emerged as the single largest party with over 11 crore members, resulting in 1387 MLAs in 13 BJP ruling states. The party has also been able to get in alliance with four regional parties, he added.

Earlier, a large number of BJP workers and supporters accorded a grand welcomed to Shah at the airport here this morning and organised a roadshow, while escorting him to the party office in the city.

While talking to media persons, Shah took a swipe at Congress, blaming the opposition party for Kashmir unrest and expressed confidence that Narendra Modi led NDA government will soon control the present situation in the Valley.

The BJP chief is on a 110-day country-wide tour which began in Jammu last month. His tour will be in two phases-- 95 days and 15 days.

With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level.

Shah was received by Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon, the party's local MP Kirron Kher and others.

Earlier, a party release had said that over 200 cars and nearly 500 two-wheelers escort Shah from the airport to the party office in Sector 33 here.

Enroute the BJP office, the car carrying Shah stopped at many places and he was greeted by supporters who presented him with bouquets.

The BJP national president will hold a series of meetings with councillors, party office bearers, workers and will also review the party's organisational activities, Tandon said.

Shah inaugurated the newly-renovated party office and unveiled a statue of RSS icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year. He also inaugurated a library named after Nanaji Deshmukh and an e- library.

The Nanaji Deshmukh library will have around 2,000 books on various subjects, Tandon said.

This is Shah's first visit after the BJP swept the Municipal Corporation elections here, which were held in December. He had visited the city in November for campaigning for the civic polls.

"Chandigarh is the fourth place on Shah's itinerary for the 95-day tour which began with his visit to Jammu on April 29. The BJP chief has also visited Himachal Pradesh and Tripura," Tandon said.

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