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Off to a Quick Start, Shah Holding One Meet After Another With Party Leaders

June 12, 2019 06:02 AM

COURTESY ET JUEN 12

Off to a Quick Start, Shah Holding One Meet After Another With Party Leaders
GEARING UP FOR ASSEMBLY POLLS BJP president has already met leaders from Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra
2-day meet from Thursday to review organisational preparedness
Kumar.Anshuman@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

Barely a fortnight after the Lok Sabha election results were declared, BJP president Amit Shah has kickstarted preparations for the assembly elections by holding a meeting of leaders from Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra on Sunday. He will hold a meeting of party leaders and in-charges of all the states for two days starting June 13 to review organisational preparedness.


After the meeting on June 9, it was decided that all elected MPs would organise a ‘thanksgiving’ meeting in every assembly segment of their respective Lok Sabha constituencies. The first meeting would be to thank party workers for their hard work and the second to thank people for voting for the BJP and also get to know their problems.

MAHARASHTRA STRATEGY

In 2014, BJP had contested the Maharashtra elections alone and won 122 of the 288 seats. The BJP formed the government with the help of Shiv Sena, which won 63 seats.

“The national president told us that the party workers should work hard not only in the seats contested by the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections but also in seats contested by our allies Shiv Sena and others,” said Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra chief minister after Sunday’s meeting.

TARGET IN JHARKHAND

In Jharkhand, BJP had won 37 of the 81seats in the 2014 assembly elections. With the support of five MLAs from their ally AJSU, it formed the government in the state. This time, the party is targeting to get a majority on its own by targeting 65 seats.

“We have done well in the recently-held Lok Sabha elections and our aim is to continue the winning cycle with a better performance in the assembly elections,” said Ravindra Ray, former Jharkhand BJP president, who also attended the Sunday meeting.

While PM Modi will be in Ranchi to celebrate the International Yoga Day on June 21, Amit Shah has chosen to attend the celebrations at Rohtak, Haryana, on the same day.

“We discussed the PM’s programme during the meeting and special yoga sessions will be organised at the panchayat level where our party workers would encourage people to participate,” Ray said.

Organisational changes are also on the cards. However, more clarity would be there only after the two-day meeting with Amit Shah.

HARYANA ROADMAP

“In Haryana we have been given a target of 75-plus seats in the upcoming assembly elections,” said Subhash Barala, Haryana BJP president. “We discussed the roadmap for the elections during our meeting with the national president.”

In 2014, BJP had contested alone in Haryana and won 47 of the 90 seats, forming a BJP government in the state for the first time. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP won all the 10 seats in the state. All the winning party MPs have been instructed to organise ‘thanksgiving’ meetings for party workers and voters in each assembly constituency. The party would also start working on the membership drive to increase their support base.

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