BJP targets non-BJP states in south and NE to enlarge its footprint
Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party has switched to election mode quite early. Though the Lok Sabha polls and assembly elections in some of the states in the country are two years away party president Amit Shah has already undertaken a whirl-wild tour of non-BJP states. After touring the eastern and north-eastern states, he has planned a tour of southern states which will begin with a journey through Telangana next week.
As in other parts he will spend three days in the new state to wean away as many voters as possible from the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi which had come to power in April 2014. The state has 17 Lok Sabha and 119 assembly constituencies and the party was a poor third in the previous assembly polls although it had fought the electoral battle that year in company of the Telugu Desam Party.
It has not cleared its stand on the issue so far but the party is likely to fight the next assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the same company in the state. It has much ground to cover for the BJP-TDP combine had bagged only three Lok Sabha and 15 assembly seats.
Shah might have chosen Nalgonda for the visit because Hindus constitute about 94 per cent of the total population . Only about five per cent Muslims reside in the district. Backward castes dominate and have houses mostly in villages.
Partly for this reason the party president will drive straight to a village close to the district headquarters after reaching Nalgonda. During his stay he will also visit some other villages in persuasion of door-to-door campaign.
He will re- visit this state and some others ruled by the opposition, particularly in the east, north-east and southern regions ,where the party has much grounds to cover. The party's position in Telangana can be gauged from the fact that 84 out of the total 119 seats were grabbed by the TRS and its partner, the Congress.
Shah may change the position in next assembly polls.
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