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Amit Shah to visit Mumbai next week, plan BJP’s Maharashtra strategy for next Assembly polls

Mumbai city news: Shah’s visit comes at a time when farmers are agitating and the party’s ally-turned-rival, the Shiv Sena, has been targeting it

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2017 11:22 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
Sources said Shah will also discuss and gauge the party’s uneasy alliance with the Shiv Sena and the possibility of early polls for the state.
Sources said Shah will also discuss and gauge the party’s uneasy alliance with the Shiv Sena and the possibility of early polls for the state.(HT File Photo)

From holding closed-door meetings with the last five state party presidents to a session with booth-level workers — the lowest rung of the organisational hierarchy — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah plans to do it all during his three-day visit to Maharashtra, which begins on June 16.

Shah, who is on a 95-day tour of the country to expand the party’s base, will be in Mumbai next week. On the cards are marathon meetings with a cross-section of party leaders and cadre in the state BJP unit to get a sense of just where Maharashtra stands vis-a-vis the next Assembly polls.

“He will chalk out the party’s programme and strategy for the next two years — until the 2019 Assembly polls or earlier. He also wants to receive feedback from a cross-section of party workers and leaders,’’ said a BJP legislator.

Shah’s visit comes at a time when farmers are agitating across the state and the party’s ally-turned-rival, the Shiv Sena, has been targeting it. Both issues are impacting the Fadnavis government and will be discussed.

Sources in the state BJP told HT that Shah’s team visited Mumbai last week, with a tentative schedule and a long list of preparations to be made before meetings with the top boss.

“He will sit with ministers, state-level spokespersons and RSS cadre working with the state unit. Three long days of marathon meetings are in store. Everyone will have to prepare for the internal meetings as Shah is methodical and demands that party workers provide data in support of every claim they make,’’ said a party functionary, who did not wish to be identified.

Data of the party’s performance in the local polls since 2014 will be compared to how the Opposition has fared. The efficiency of organisational activities such registration drives, campaigns and workshops held so far will come under Shah’s scanner.

Shah is expected to have lunch with senior editors and hold a larger press conference during his Mumbai visit.

Sources said he will also discuss and gauge the party’s uneasy alliance with the Shiv Sena and the possibility of early polls for the state. However, the BJP is unlikely to rub its ally the wrong way until the Presidential polls, which will be held on July 17.