King of BJP, Amit Shah, eyes 150 seats in Gujarat in November assembly poll

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Ahmedabad: BJP president Amit Shah was on two-day trip to Gujarat on March 29 and 30. He addressed ‘Vijay Vishwas Karyakarta Sammelan’ of BJP cadre at Sabarmati river front on first day of his visit. The sammelan was attended by Chief Minister, state president among others.
The BJP chief Amit Shah has set a target for himself in Gujarat that even Narendra Modi could not achieve—winning 150 assembly seats. Modi’s best performance is 127 out of 182 seats in the 2002 polls, held after Godhra riots.
Shah raising the bar for Gujarat BJP coincides with BJP’s stellar performance in Uttar Pradesh where it won with more than three fourths majority this month. UP is home to more than 200 million people.
Addressing BJP workers at Sabarmati riverfront on Wednesday, Shah said, “After 325 seats in UP, go out with confidence that we will get more than 150 seats in Gujarat.”
Under Modi, BJP won 127 seats in 2002, 117 in 2007 and 115 in 2012 assembly elections.
Gujarat goes to poll in November-December this year. “Narendrabhai no vijayrath November ma Gujarat aavse (Narendra Modi’s victory run will reach Gujarat in November),” he said.
BJP’s Mission-150 has several dimensions. No party has every crossed that figure in Gujarat. Congress came nearest to it in 1985 winning 149 seats under veteran Madhav Singh Solanki.
Winning Gujarat is crucial for Modi, Shah and the BJP.
It was Shah who prevailed upon Modi to drop Anandiben Patel as the chief minister in August 2016. Patel was handpicked by Modi to succeed him in Gujarat but remained at loggerheads with Shah, who believed that she 1941-born woman leader could not fit into Modi’s shoes.
Shah not only ensured Patel’s removal, but managed to install his confidant Vijay Rupani as chief minister instead of Nitin Patel in a last minute dramatic turn of events.
Gujarat BJP leaders see Shah—and not Rupani—as the boss. Shah will have to bear the brunt of any adversity in Gujarat. If he manages to pull off a victory, it will be another feather in his cap. Accomplishment of mission 150 will establish him as the ‘king’ of the BJP.

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