Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah arrived in Bengaluru today, on a three-day visit to Karnataka. He claimed that BJP would return to power in the assembly elections in early 2018.

Addressing about 500 party cadres and its state unit leaders outside the airport on arrival from New Delhi, Shah said: “I have come here with a firm will to bring the BJP back to power in the state. I can sense the mood of the people to give our party an opportunity again to serve them.”

The visit is extremely significant as the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections 2018 are round the corner. During his visit, he is scheduled to meet party legislators from the state. He will also chair meetings of the party’s state core group and political affairs committee. Shah will be discussing the Assembly elections with the state leaders.

Besides this, he will also address a gathering of college students and intellectuals in Bangalore.

Wearing the popular ‘Mysore Peta’ (headgear) and sporting a saffron shawl, Shah said the party would strive to win about 150 seats in the 225-member assembly to form the next government.

“It will be a BJP government this time to free the people from the corrupt and incompetent Congress government in the state. We will make Karnataka also a Congress-free state, as we did in other states,” he said.

He has brought with him 3 survey reports conducted by various agencies. He also has a consolidated report of 224 constituencies that indicates both the party’s strength and weaknesses. He is likely to focus on the weak constituencies.

“Shah will address the party’s elected representatives, cadres and supporters on Monday before leaving for New Delhi. He will share with them the poll strategy to win an absolute majority in the ensuing assembly election with its ‘Mission 150’ target,” said an official.

It is a well planned and strategized move by the BJP chief.

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