Modi, Shah to discuss 2019 strategy with BJP CMs today
Chief ministers of all BJP ruled states and deputy CMs of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will participate in the meeting which will see them making presentations on the party’s electoral prospects and challenges in the Lok Sabha elections.
Chief ministers of all BJP ruled states and deputy CMs of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will participate in the meeting which will see them making presentations on the party’s electoral prospects and challenges in the Lok Sabha elections. The CMs will apprise Modi, Shah and central office bearers about the progress made since the last conclave held around three months ago.
The meeting will begin by paying homage to Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The party is likely to tap the popularity of the late leader in the coming months.
Modi had asked CMs to highlight achievements of the Centre and educate people about the benefits of seven key social welfare schemes of the NDA government. Dalits, OBCs and rural voters are the main sections being wooed by the party to add to its urban and upper caste vote base.
A separate presentation on the prospects in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the forthcoming assembly polls too will be presented. BJP is precariously placed in all three states. There is believed to be strong anti-incumbency against the party and the Vasundhara Raje regime in Rajasthan while in Chhattisgarh, BJP is reportedly trying to back Congress rebel Ajit Jogi to divide the votes of the Congress.
BJP has been gauging the impact of the Congress on the ground and the impact of Rahul Gandhi’s utterances in the past few weeks. Gandhi’s appointment of a campaign committee and other teams for the 2019 elections has been taken note of by the party.
Tuesday’s agenda also includes zeroing in on prospective partners for 2019 as BJP feels the need for more allies. The opposition’s strategic state-wise alliances will pose a challenge to BJP. NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra, SP-BSP-Congress alliance in UP, RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar and Trinamool-Congress tie-up in West Bengal will make the 2019 electoral battle tough for NDA.
BJP is trying to increase its tally in West Bengal, Odisha and southern states to make up for possible losses in UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bihar where the party won overwhelmingly in 2014. BJP also has to tackle the anti-incumbency in more than 15 states where it is in power.