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Don’t get overconfident: Amit Shah to state incharges

Shah and Nadda discussed Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Delhi with party office-bearers.

Updated: Aug 20, 2019, 11.20 PM IST
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Sources said state leadership has also been advised to "evaluate" properly the leaders who want to join the BJP from rival parties.
NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah has cautioned his party in-charges and office bearers of poll-bound states of Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Delhi not to be overconfident of victory in the forthcoming assembly elections and chalk out plans of winning over those sections of the voters who have kept away from it in the past.

Shah and BJP working president JP Nadda held a meeting with election incharges of the four states at the party headquarters here on Tuesday. “Both Shah and Nadda maintained that the party should not become over-confident of victory in the wake of the impressive Lok Sabha victory and the effective removal of Article 370. Any complacency will affect the party’s seat tally,” a senior BJP leader said.

The feedback from grassroot workers in the four states is that BJP’s supporters are enthused by the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and that it will benefit the party in a big way, especially in Haryana and Delhi.

BJP election in-charges Prakash Javadekar (Delhi), Narendra Singh Tomar (Haryana), Bhupendra Yadav (Maharashtra) and Om Mathur (Jharkhand) as well as general secretaries Anil Jain and Saroj Pande attended the meeting. BJP general secretary (organisation) was also present.

Incidentally, there was no discussion on possibility and preparations for elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Since the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (as well as Ladakh, which will not have an assembly) will come into effect only on October 31, the polls there may be held later.

The Centre is likely to tread cautiously on this issue and wait for the situation in the Valley to move towards normalcy.

“In the meeting, the leaders were told to identify those areas where the BJP is weak and work on wooing those segments of society that have traditionally not supported the party in elections,” a BJP office bearer said.

In Haryana, BJP will work on getting Dalit support in addition to the upper castes. Similarly, in Jharkhand, BJP will make special efforts to seek tribal votes.

BJP has already begun its election campaign in Maharashtra and Haryana with the respective chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and ML Khattar taking out yatras.

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