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After Karnataka, BJP to focus on Telangana; Amit Shah may visit state next month

Amit Shah is likely to visit Telangana next month to assess the political situation and plan for the elections, state BJP president K Laxman said.

india Updated: May 20, 2018 16:49 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Hyderabad
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi with BJP National President Amit Shah during the concluding session of the National Executive Committee meeting of the party's all wings (morchas) at Civic Centre in New Delhi, India on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (HT File Photo)

With the election process in Karnataka coming to a close, Telangana would be one of the focus states for BJP and the party was gearing up for the polls in 2019, state BJP president K Laxman has said.

Legislative Assembly polls in Telangana would be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

“Recently, a meeting was held in Delhi under the leadership of president Amit Shah ji. He focused on Telangana. He clearly told that now elections are over in the states which are bound to take place. Now, the focus will be on Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha,” he told PTI here.

Shah is likely to visit Telangana next month to assess the political situation and plan for the elections, he said.

Laxman said the BJP is organisationally strong in the state and that it will adopt the model of constituting ‘Panna Pramukhs’ at polling booth level to strengthen itself in the state.

‘Panna Pramukhs’ is a successful model followed by the BJP in different states in which the incharge of a ‘Panna’ (literal meaning page) reaches out to the voters’ families who are part of his list.

“As far as ‘Panna Pramukhs’ are concerned, out of 119 assembly constituencies, nearly 40-50 assemblies the ‘Panna Pramukh’ exercise is over. Rest of the assemblies also, we will finish within one or two months...,” he said.

The party is taking other steps as well to boost its organisational strength in the state.

BJP would go to the people highlighting the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government, the funds given by Centre to Telangana in areas like highways, railway projects, Ujwala (free gas connections scheme), he said.

It would also highlight the alleged failure of TRS government in Telangana to keep its promises, including employment generation, providing two bedroom houses to poor and distribution of three acres of land to Dalits, he added.

The BJP leader said the party would come out with a clear manifesto for various sections, including SCs, backward classes and youth after holding discussions with all sections of society in the state.

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Bihar Minister Mangal Pandey have been given charge of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and they would visit the state, he noted.

At the time of elections, the party’s central leadership would focus on the states where it is not in power as the respective Chief Ministers would lead the party in states where it is in power, he added.

The three-day-old BJP government in Karnataka had collapsed on Saturday, minutes before the scheduled trust vote, with Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa resigning in a tame anticlimax to what promised to be on the edge of seat political thriller.

First Published: May 20, 2018 11:01 IST