Tap­ping 5 states in south is key to BJP’S ex­pan­sion blue­print

RSS net­work, PM ap­peal, su­per­stars, break­ing ri­vals part of ‘Mis­sion South’

The Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - LIZ MATHEW

KEY TO the BJP’S am­bi­tion of na­tion­wide dom­i­nance is its plan to ex­pand its base in south­ern In­dia on the back of the RSS and the ap­peal of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

To that ef­fect, BJP chief Amit Shah has given a “South Mis­sion” blue­print to party lead­ers that aims to tap into the fluid po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion and prospec­tive re­align­ments in five states: Andhra Pradesh, Te­lan­gana, Tamil Nadu, Ker­ala and Kar­nataka, party sources have told The In­dian Ex­press.

“In these states, a strong RSS net­work has been built over the years and this will form the nat­u­ral plat­form for the plan to take off,” said a se­nior BJP leader. The party’s “South Mis­sion” faces its first test in Kar­nataka which goes to polls later this year. Crit­i­cal to South Mis­sion is also the im­port of es­tab­lished lead­ers from other par­ties, bring­ing in some of the party’s own lead­ers from other states, in­duct pop­u­lar film stars

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