Next on Amit Shah’s table: 120 Lok Sabha seats where BJP is hardly present

The party cup of joy was brimming over, leader after leader hailing them for the stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2017 10:49 am
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As the results came in Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had brief conversations over phone. The party cup of joy was brimming over, leader after leader hailing them for the stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh. Modi and Shah did not say much. They thanked the voters, especially the poor and the youth, and let the scoreboard do the talking.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh was among those who complimented Shah, saying “yeh aap ki jeet hai”. He returned the compliment: “Yeh aap ki jeet hai.”

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A party source said the next project on Shah’s table centres on 120 Lok Sabha seats where the BJP has little or no presence. That’s his next target, the source said.

The BJP chief plans to tour these 120 constituencies, mostly in the South and East, and start from scratch by building the booth-level infrastructure.

“Shah wants these 120 seats under the Modi umbrella,” the source said. These constituencies are spread across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and states in the North-East.

And the BJP chief underlined it Saturday when he said: “The only factor for the win is the performance of the Modi government. The outcome has shown the faith of the poor in Modi… Even his political rivals will have to admit that he has emerged as the most popular leader in the country since Independence.”

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    Dhyan
    Mar 12, 2017 at 3:08 am
    2019 - All 543 seats.
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      Tarun
      Mar 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
      I completely agree with your thoughts. British created this division in the minds of Indians to divide them and then hi dynasty followed it up with the same application. lt;br/gt;Just to support your views....Adi shankracharya was from Kerala and he united w India by awakening w Sanatan community . Ayurveda has its origin in Kerala and see what Communists have done to this bful state ?
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        Tarun
        Mar 12, 2017 at 11:40 am
        James, hats off to you for such positive mindset. Negative politicians have fooled minorities for so long without doing anything for their community or nation. It's high time we don't become pawn of so called secular parties.
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          Tarun
          Mar 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm
          Sanatan dharma has united w India for centuries. Within North also, people speak different languages.lt;br/gt;The essence of our existence is the same.lt;br/gt;Among all south states, Karnataka has proved to be most liberal and open minded so it has become truly global. Hyderabad is also another example. Other places should also emulate these places.
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            aravind
            Mar 12, 2017 at 7:23 am
            It is the regional parties with vested and family interests touching on the emotions making such issues to attain political objectives - language, culture, etc. We have a consution to protect and any elected government will abide to that. So making development the only issue, and getting the message of anti corruption strongly and with practical approach to reveal any corruption will pave the way for BJP. The PM is devoted - so we now and we are sure to get the right team to match - so let us hope South will be won.
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              aravind
              Mar 12, 2017 at 7:23 am
              It is the regional parties with vested and family interests touching on the emotions making such issues to attain political objectives - language, culture, etc. We have a consution to protect and any elected government will abide to that. So making development the only issue, and getting the message of anti corruption strongly and with practical approach to reveal any corruption will pave the way for BJP. The PM is devoted - so we now and we are sure to get the right team to match - so let us hope South will be won.
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                vijay
                Mar 12, 2017 at 6:47 am
                AND BRING UP THE ST,SC, TRIBALS AND THE WEAK AND POOR TO THE MAINSTREAM STANDARD IN EDUCATION,HEALTH AND ECONOMIC WELL BEING.THIS WILL KEEP THE bjp IN POWER FOR AT LEAST 4 ELECTIONS.
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                  A.R.Ramachandran
                  Mar 12, 2017 at 4:22 am
                  Amit Shah must come down to South and position himself in Kerala. With Pinarayi Vijayan's government helpless in preventing political murders and improving economy, it is time the political dispensation undergoes a huge change. Time for BJP to bloom in Kerala.
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                    Dr.Damodar Biswal
                    Mar 12, 2017 at 6:43 am
                    Yes,if the PM continues his policy of sabka sath n sabka vikas along with his fight against corruption,this figure is achievable.
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                      Ganesh Dore
                      Mar 12, 2017 at 3:56 am
                      Making inroads in East and South requires years of gr roots work . But BJP has to make a start , stay scandal free.
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                        james
                        Mar 12, 2017 at 10:01 am
                        This will be a monumental challenge and hope they win for the good of the country. We have once in life time leader ( at least since Independence) in Modi and let the nation unite and thrive behind him. The enemy and opposition is not Congress, Communist and AAP -- it is poverty, illiteracy, corruption, lack of business investment and lack of growth. He is the best man to tackle this.
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                          Joy
                          Mar 12, 2017 at 8:18 am
                          It may not be easy for Shah to achieve this dream since the North-South division is still there. More over, BJP is a North Indian Brahminic Party. BJP failed in Karnataka. In Kerala it is only a distant dream... In Tamil Nadu, it may be DMK for few more terms from 2019... May be Congress will be gaining some ground... As as, where BJP is going to gain in the Southern States..?
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                            K S
                            Mar 12, 2017 at 3:13 am
                            Communist leaders are no more required and BJP must work on it as per people's wish.. Communist leaders can not develop but sow such ideas that development will emerge with out hard work. Their ideas and perceptions are negative and their acts since independence are meant for destruction. Now a days they are concentrating all their energies to spoil the national fabric.
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                              mumbikar
                              Mar 12, 2017 at 9:22 am
                              shah needs to forget north-eastern states and the south !!! people fom those parts are highly literate and are not communal minded !!! which is modi/shah's specialty !!! that will bring they downfall.
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                                Mayur
                                Mar 12, 2017 at 5:14 am
                                Please don't bring this goonda party to South India. South India has not had this party ruling, barring Karnataka for a few years, and has remained the most developed part of India, in terms of economy and human development. We are good with our regional parties. BJP, no thank you!
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                                  Mahender Goriganti
                                  Mar 12, 2017 at 9:20 am
                                  North south divide ( a myth) was created by outgoing Nehru time for political purpose anybody with some history knows. So was, Sardar Patel etc rest is history. Success of regional parties in TN and Andhra have a different reasons that did not exist because of common language
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                                    Mahender Goriganti
                                    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:06 am
                                    Not true. The base is there, they just have to sch together some mid mandal level leaders
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                                      Murali
                                      Mar 12, 2017 at 3:06 am
                                      Modi baiters are stunned and are shocked into disbelief. The pseudo secular brigade led by the left and Congress has been battered. They will all be putting their heads together in JNU to chalk out their next strategy to create problems for BJP.
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                                        Parth Garg
                                        Mar 12, 2017 at 5:16 am
                                        If Shah succeeds it will be a victory of turncoats from other parties whereafter the original BJP will stand reduced to 25% and the rest will consist of Congressmen and people from other parties. Congress Free India would then be only on paper.
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                                          Raghu
                                          Mar 12, 2017 at 6:12 am
                                          In Telangan too. Have to ki.ck on the balls of KCR who is fooling people under Telangana sentiment. The people are most innocent of all Indians.
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                                            Skanda
                                            Mar 12, 2017 at 5:20 am
                                            Yeah and start speaking to them in a language they understand like English atleast to Tamilians. All these people are proud of their language, culture and heritage. Treat them with respect but All these days BJP has gone to these parts with an arrogance and ended up humiliated.lt;br/gt;If you want to grow in Tamilnadu which has the most MP's (40) from South solve their water problem. All the 3 states surrounding them have put artificial barriers on the rivers flowing into TN and starved that state of water. If BJP can solve this issue and provide a long lasting solution Tamils across the state will vote for BJP, otherwise NO.
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