Amit Shah Eyes What Even Narendra Modi Could Not: 150 Seats In Gujarat

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BJP president Amit Shah is presented a turban during a party workers' meeting in Ahmedabad on Thursday. -- PTI
BJP president Amit Shah is presented a turban during a party workers’ meeting in Ahmedabad on Thursday. — PTI

Shah raising the bar for Gujarat BJP coincides with BJP’s stellar performance in Uttar Pradesh

NEW DELHI — 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, reports Hindustan Times.

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 and more populous than countries like Pakistan and Brazil.

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.

Congress’s fortune has been on a decline since 1990 and its tally ranged between 51 and 61 seats in the last three assembly elections.

With Modi as country’s Prime Minister, his trusted lieutenant Shah managing Gujarat affairs and Congress’s stock at an all time low, the BJP sees itself within a striking distance of achieving the mission 150.

Winning Gujarat is crucial for Modi, Shah and the BJP.

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