NEW DELHI: Seeking to stay ahead of political rivals, the BJP has begun bracing up for the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh by paradropping hundreds of senior party leaders from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and other states.
Even while the BJP is ruling Gujarat for more than two decades, the party is not taking any chances in the state by linking “a massive win with the prestige of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
“More than 400 electoral battle hardened party leaders from Bihar have reached Gujarat. They will camp in the state till the elections get over. People from Bihar have become electorally crucial in Gujarat due to their sheer numbers having been employed in big commercial centres like Surat, Bhavnagar and other places,” said a senior BJP functionary.
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are heading for Assembly elections later this year. “The BJP chief Amit Shah has given the party leaders the challenge to substantially improve the victory margin in Gujarat, as the state is directly linked to the prestige of the Prime Minister. Therefore, the party is not taking it easy in the state and will contest the elections with equal intensity as was seen in the UP polls,” added the BJP functionary.
Incidentally, the BJP will be heading for the Gujarat polls without Modi as the chief ministerial face after the 2002 elections in the state. The state chief minister Vijay Rupani will be the face of the party in Gujarat, said the BJP leader, who added that Shah has put in the leaders from other states as in-charge for key regions to identify issues, find out weaknesses in the poll preparedness.
“The party does not want to take any chances with the voting patterns of the migrant population, after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi Assembly elections in 2015,” added the BJP functionary.
The BJP has also para-dropped hundreds of party workers in the poll bound Himachal Pradesh where the party is keen to wrest power from the hands of Birbhadra Singh headed Congress government.