Uttar Pradesh BJP executive to meet in Ghaziabad on May 11

Lucknow : The state executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will meet in Ghaziabad on May 11-12 to take stock of its membership drive and assess other issues in Uttar Pradesh, a party leader said on Tuesday.

The convention would be inaugurated by party-in-charge for the state Om Mathur and would be attended by national president Amit Shah on the concluding day.

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State spokesman of the BJP Vijay Bahadur Pathak told IANS that the meeting will be chaired by state president Laxmikant Bajpayi and Union Surface Transport minister Nitin Gadkari would be a special invitee at the meet.

Sources say that other than reviewing the membership drive, leaders would also take note of a series of electoral reverses that the party has faced in the state after the general elections success in May last year.

The party has lost a string of bypolls, including the Pharenda assembly seat recently. It was a seat it held till now but its party candidate slipped to third position, a notch lower than even the Congress.

Candidates in cantonment board polls, supported by the BJP, also lost in Lucknow and Varanasi. The last state executive was held at Mirzapur.