BJP top guns go into ‘exit’ hud­dle

■ Shah to dis­cuss re­sults, 2019 strat­egy

Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A day af­ter most exit polls pre­dicted the BJP los­ing its grip over the three key states fall­ing in the ‘Hindi heart­land’ and the much­needed elec­toral gains for the Congress ahead of the 2019 elec­toral bat­tle, BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Satur­day held a cru­cial meet­ing with the party’s na­tional gen­eral sec­re­taries to de­lib­er­ate on the party’s own feed­back from the ground from the five states that went to polls.

The BJP, sources said, has also called a meet­ing of its na­tional of­fice-bear­ers on Dec. 13 to dis­cuss the Assem­bly polls re­sults and to strate­gise for the Lok Sabha polls.

Re­sults of the Assem­bly polls of Ra­jasthan, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Mad­hya Pradesh, Mi­zo­ram and Te­lan­gana state will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 11.

In Mi­zo­ram, the pre­dic­tions favoured Mi­zo­ram Na­tional Front (MNF) over the Congress, which had been rul­ing the North­east­ern state for a decade.

When asked about the party’s per­for­mance in the three ‘Hindi heart­land’ state Assem­bly polls, Mr Shah as­serted that the BJP will re­tain power in these states.

In Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh, the BJP has been rul­ing since 2003 and is con­fi­dent of form­ing the gov­ern­ment for the fourth time in a row.

In case the poll pre­dic­tions come true, es­pe­cially in MP and Ch­hat­tis­garh, its im­pact could be dras­tic for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls and the saf­fron poll man­agers would be forced to

re­strate­gise its elec­toral tac­tics, the sources said.

Mean­while, not giv­ing any heed to the exit polls pre­dic­tions that the BJP and the Congress are in tight race, Mad­hya Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his party will win with a com­fort­able ma­jor­ity.

“I am the big­gest sur­veyor as I re­main in the midst of pub­lic all-day long. The BJP is set to romp home... I have come to seek the bless­ing of god­dess Pi­ta­m­bara for the well-be­ing of Mad­hya Pradesh,” he said af­ter vis­it­ing the Shree Pi­ta­m­bara Peeth tem­ple in Datia.

How­ever, the Congress is con­fi­dent that “an­ti­in­cum­bency” against the BJP will bring it to power in the state. “We have got the bless­ings of ev­ery sec­tion of so­ci­ety in the elec­tions and we are on the way to win the polls,” Mr Chouhan said.

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