BJP national chief Amit Shah timed his Gujarat visit to coincide it with the ongoing state Legislative Assembly session. This he had to do to complete a Legislative Assembly process of attending the session to avoid the adverse situation of incurring disqualification as an MLA.
But actually he has come to oversee the Sangathan Parva (membership drive) process of registering new members and to monitor ground preparations for the forthcoming municipal elections in the state.
A delimitation exercise is already playing havoc with election plans of the party in the face of changing voter profile which he wants to improve.
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Shah has told the party workers that BJP has performed reasonably well by bagging power in Haryana and reaching a position of power in Jammu and Kashmir by gaining foothold in a politically slippery terrain. He has expressed the hope that the BJP would come out triumphant in the impending Assembly elections in Bihar and elsewhere.
Gujarat BJP unit vice-president I K Jadeja, who also attended the party workers’ meeting in Naranpura on Tuesday night along with others, has said that Shah had no specific agenda on his mind but “he sees to it that he meets party workers of the area he visits… he also made a mention of progress being made in the country on the status of membership drive in Gujarat also he took an overview of the campaign,” Jadeja said.
Shah, who left the state early Wednesday morning, is “not expected to dabble in urban local body election work which he will leave to the state party unit”, said Jadeja when asked if Shah was here for issuing broader instructions to state party leadership.