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Lok Sabha elections: On campaign trail with BJP president Amit Shah

The Lok Sabha candidate from Gandhinagar has been travelling rigorously across the country —from Shivamogga in Karnataka to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh to Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, from Puri in Orissa to Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

With five out of the seven phases of Lok Sabha elections 2019 left, BJP has ramped up its campaign schedule with its national president Amit Shah addressing multiple rallies and roadshows in a day. The party chief is on a rigorous campaign trail across the country to make as much impact as possible so that BJP can retain power at the Centre. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

Amit Shah is the BJP's candidate from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat. The seat was earlier represented by party veteran L K Advani, who had won it six times since 1991, barring 1996 Lok Sabha polls. All the 26 constituencies of Gujarat, including Gandhinagar, will go to polls in the third phase of the elections on April 23. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

In his nearly 100 campaign rallies, Shah has reiterated that the main issue India is facing today is that of security. In a recent meeting that he held in Gujarat's Valsad district, he said,“We have already said in our manifesto that we will repeal Article 370 once we get majority in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha so that Kashmir becomes integral part of India permanently." (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

He slammed the Congress in his Bodeli meeting alleging that the Oppostion party tries to shield terrorists and infiltrators. The country’s safety has been assured by the Narendra Modi government, he added. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

He said, “After the first surgical strike, second time Pakistan deployed extra forces, tankers, lakshar members to keep Narendra Modi from executing another surgical strike. But our Narendrabhai is Gujarati, he knew what to do and he executed an air strike in Balakot.” (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

In West Bengal, Shah assured implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC). He dubbed the illegal migrants from Bangladesh “termites" and promised to throw them out of Bengal after the BJP comes to power again for a second consecutive term. The BJP stalwart, however, added that citizenship would be granted to every Hindu and Buddhist refugee. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

Shah's statement however drew flak from former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti who called it an "attack on secular culture of the country". She even asked Shah to apologise to the people. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls for the first time this year, has also urged people to bring back Narendra Modi as Prime Minsiter for the second term claiming that “no other leader in the world has such zero tolerance for terrorism”. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)