SOUTH­ERN SURGE, EASTERN PROM­ISES

Party pres­i­dent Amit Shah has iden­ti­fied growth ar­eas in states where the BJP has never had a pres­ence

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ODISHA

BJP LOK SABHA SEATS: 1

POINT MAN: Dhar­men­dra Prad­han

STRENGTH: Has dis­placed the Congress as the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion party

WEAK­NESS: Is yet to prove it­self in a ma­jor state elec­tion, as­sem­bly or Lok Sabha

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Did well in the re­cent pan­chayat elec­tions, grab­bing 297 seats, and cut­ting into the bases of both BJD and Congress; Prad­han emerg­ing as a ma­jor leader

THREATS: BJD party net­work still the ma­jor force in the state

KER­ALA

BJP LOK SABHA

SEATS: 0

POINT MAN: H. Raja

STRENGTH: Party has come into its own af­ter 2014, widened its base, and fi­nally started per­form­ing as an op­po­si­tion party

WEAK­NESS: Yet to find a cred­i­ble ally among the mi­nor­ity groups, which make up 45% of the pop­u­la­tion

OP­POR­TU­NITY: The BJP’s pop­u­lar­ity goes through ups and downs, but mem­ber­ship has gone up to 1.5 mil­lion, vote share has crossed 10%

THREATS: Still to iden­tify a po­lit­i­cal plat­form. Usu­ally planks like beef ban are a no-go

TAMIL NADU

BJP LOK SABHA

SEATS: 1

POINT MAN: Mu­ralid­har Rao

STRENGTH: Ris­ing dis­il­lu­sion­ment with Dra­vid­ian pol­i­tics; DMK, AIADMK bereft of charis­matic lead­ers; anti-cor­rup­tion stand WEAK­NESS: Lack of in­flu­en­tial lead­ers in the party; ab­sence of a vi­brant base in most districts

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Rope in an ac­tor with pan-Tamil Nadu ap­peal and iconic sta­tus, pos­si­bly Ra­jinikanth; poach lead­ers with po­ten­tial ready to shake off the Dra­vid­ian tag

THREATS: DMK scion M.K. Stalin spoil­ing the party; events like jal­likattu scup­per­ing the party

WEST BEN­GAL

BJP LOK SABHA SEATS: 2 POINT MAN: Kailash Vi­jay­vargiya

STRENGTH: Vote share has jumped two-fold and more in a year in as­sem­bly by­elec­tion WEAK­NESS: No charis­matic lead­ers in state unit to take on Ma­mata Banerjee in the pop­u­lar­ity stakes

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Hin­dutva re­vival against ‘Mus­lim ap­pease­ment’, Ram­navami pro­ces­sions see mas­sive re­sponse

THREATS: A Left re­vival in the state could up­set all plans

TE­LAN­GANA

BJP LOK SABHA

SEATS: 1

POINT MAN: Mu­ralid­har Rao

STRENGTH: TRS ap­peas­ing Mus­lims by of­fer­ing 12 per cent reser­va­tions gives party a peg; weak Congress lead­er­ship

WEAK­NESS: Lead­ers are con­fined to Hy­der­abad; ab­sence of a vi­brant party net­work in most districts

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Po­larise votes in 60 of the 119 as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies with a size­able Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion; poach lead­ers with po­ten­tial

THREATS: TRS still a force, CM K. Chan­drasekhara Rao holds sway as state’s found­ing fa­ther

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