North and Central parts of India have predominantly been the core strength areas of the ruling party of the Centre but its support base witnessed a surge in the recent times in East and South, which was noticeable from the improved performance in the 16th Lok Sabha elections.

"BJP is not yet strong in southern and eastern states. In the next decade, it is the responsibility of every party worker to strengthen it starting from booth level to the entire region," Shah said.
    
He was given a grand reception in Ahmedabad on his return to his home state for the first time after becoming the party chief.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel, her cabinet colleagues, state unit BJP president RC Faldu and party office bearers along with hundreds of workers were present on the occasion.
     
Shah thanked BJP workers for standing by him during his ‘tough’ days.
    
"When I had to face a tough times, an exams of sorts, BJP workers stood by me. Their trust and support then gave me strength," he said, apparently referring to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which he had spent more than three months in jail in 2010 and had also been barred by the Supreme Court from entering Gujarat for almost two years.
    
Talking about the BJP-led NDA government, he said, "It is for the first time that a non-Congress government has won with absolute majority (at the Centre). With big power, our responsibilities get bigger. This win does not mean that party workers' duty is done, but we have got a bigger responsibility."

North, Central India is the core strength area of Amit Shah-led Bharatiya Janata Party
Of late, BJP has gained support base in East and South India largely due to Modi wave
BJP put up an improved show in the eastern states of Assam, West Bengal in the 16th LS polls


    
Targetting the previous Congress-led government, Shah said "in the last ten years, the journey of development had derailed in UPA-I and II. This is a challenge before us to speed up development."     

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, "Narendrabhai is successfully running the government. The Union Budget is the latest example. Every party worker should go door-to-door and convey the government's message to common people. This is the need of the hour."
    
"This is the rise of a new era. In Modi's regime, India will achieve prosperity...not only that, India will become 'vishwa guru' (world master). But for that we have to provide a stable government for a long time," the BJP chief said.

 

(JPN/Agencies)

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