Shah to fo­cus on Bi­har for 2019

De­ci­sion may well ring a bell for JD(U) which is BJP’s se­nior part­ner in the coali­tion gov­ern­ment

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Manan Ku­mar manan.ku­mar@dnain­

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah has de­cided to fo­cus on Bi­har where the party had emerged a poor third in 2015 As­sem­bly elec­tions af­ter sweep­ing the 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions even af­ter Janata Dal (United) leav­ing the NDA.

In a marathon meet­ing with Bi­har BJP’s core group mem­bers on Thurs­day evening, Shah asked them to ex­pand and strengthen the party at the booth level in all the 40 Lok Sabha con­stituen­cies.

Shah will un­der­take an elab­o­rate visit of Bi­har in Novem­ber this year to over­see party’s prepa­ra­tions and or­gan­ise and en­cour­age party func­tionar­ies and cadres at the booth level, BJP sources said.

The de­ci­sion is ex­pected to ring a bell for JD(U) which is BJP’s se­nior part­ner in run­ning the gov­ern­ment in Bi­har.

But sources in the BJP said, “The JD(U) won’t mind the ar­range­ment as our cadres and booth man­agers will be help­ing and strength­en­ing the JD(U) in con­stituen­cies where it would field its can­di­dates.”

In ad­di­tion, Shah also asked all key min­is­ters of the BJP in Bi­har gov­ern­ment to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the Bi­har spe­cific schemes and en­sure their timely im­ple­men­ta­tion. Cen­tral min­is­ters have also been con­veyed the same, sources added.

Af­ter win­ning 22 out of 40 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions along with smaller part­ners, the BJP had slipped to third po­si­tion in the As­sem­bly elec­tions, which saw Ni­tish Ku­mar join­ing hands with Lalu Prasad Ya­dav’s RJD and the Congress to form a grand al­liance.

BJP then man­aged to win only 53 out of the 243 seats Bi­har As­sem­bly with Lalu’s RJD com­ing first with 80 seats, and JD(U) win­ning 71 seats, and the Congress get­ting 27 seats.


BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah with Jhark­hand Chief Min­is­ter Raghubar Das at a func­tion in Ranchi on Fri­day. Shah is on a three-day visit to Jhark­hand

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