BJP Chief Amit Shah’s new mission for the 2019 elections seems to be “Mission 350 seats”. Sounding the bugle for the next general election, BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday chaired a meeting of party leaders in New Delhi to chalk out a strategy for “Mission 2019” and on ways to bag more than 350 seats.

His focus is especially on the 150 Lok Sabha seats which the party lost in the 2014 elections. These seats were in various states including West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka and in the north east.

In the meeting, 11 Union Ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Manoj Sinha, Prakash Javdekar, Arjun Meghwal and Ananth Kumar participated.

Also present were BJP general secretaries Ram Madhav, Muralidhar Rao, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Anil Jain and Arun Singh, and RSS leaders Ram Lal, V Satish, Soudan Singh, Shiv Prakash and Santosh Kumar. Some State leaders too had been called for the meeting.

The idea is to take into account that the party may lose about 50 to 60 seats that it won in 2014 and hence to make up for it, it should target at least 115 new seats.

Internal surveys have indicated favorable results for the party in close to 300 seats. However, the manner in which Amit Shah likes to work, the target has been stretched to 350 seats.

With less than two years to go for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP has started campaigning already. Amit Shah is leaving no stones unturned to accomplish the goals he has set for the party.

Shah arrived in Bhopal today on a three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh as a part of his 110-day country-wide tour. He is supposed to attend a series of meetings with local party leaders including state unit office-bearers, central office-bearers, core group members, state spokespersons, MPs, MLAs, district presidents, among others, during his three-day hectic visit.

He will also address intellectuals and meritorious students, besides releasing a book written by Kailash Narayan Sarang.

As Shah prepares his party’s blueprint for the next Lok Sabha polls, he doesn’t want to take Madhya Pradesh lightly, even though it’s a BJP stronghold. His active presence in Bhopal also means a show of strength by the state BJP, as the ruling party doesn’t want to leave any opportunity to overpower the Congress, which is already on a weak wicket due to internal conflicts.

(With inputs from PTI)

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