Don't leave Yadav, Jatav leaders: Amit Shah to partymen

As Amit Shah sets foot in Lucknow today two Samajwadi Party MLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh quit the party to join BJP

He said the BJP had inherited a "battered state" and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a short span of four months has not only restored the law and order he has also revived the confidence of the people and the investors.

During his meetings with the party office-bearers and workers, Shah called upon them to make inroads into SP's Yadav vote-bank.

On Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's work report so far, Nawab said, "Yogi is doing a good job. there hasn't been any scam at least".

Coincidentally, three senior legislators of the Samajwadi Party quit the party on Saturday, spurring rumours that they are likely to join the BJP.

The chief minister has assured that he and all his ministers will now meet party workers every Monday and Tuesday without prior appointment. BJP sources say Shah has asked the party to capitalise on the trend ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Shah is to meet office bearers of various frontal organizations, ministers and other leaders at the 18 meetings he is scheduled to preside over. Not just legislators, it is expected that Shah will also call upon the ministers of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government and review their performance.

While speaking to the press, Nawab said that the Samajwadi Party should change its name to Samajwadi Akhaada (arena) since it has become a wrestling ground.

When very few hands were raised, Shah said that focus would have to be shifted towards increasing the number of members from these two sections.His sudden decision to have lunch at Sonu Yadav's house, believe political observers, was also a part of this outreach. Accusations that the bureaucrats were riding roughshod over party workers was also worrying the central leadership. Mr Shah is accompanied by BJP national vice-president and in-charge of the state Om Prakash Mathur, and national General Secretary Arun Singh.

Prior to 2017 UP polls BJP had focused mainly around non-Yadav OBCs and that was a main reason why Shah appointed Keshav Prasad Maurya, an OBC, as the state BJP chief.

Shah had made the remarks while addressing the ministers of the UP government.

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