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Amit Shah Ahead Of 2019

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What Amit Shah Told BJP Workers In Gujarat Ahead Of 2019:

Although BJP chief Amit Shah has set the target of retaining all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat in the 2019 elections, it appears to be an uphill task for his party considering its performance in the 2017 Assembly polls, where it managed to fetch only 99 out of 182 seats.
However, the party's state unit says it is confident of winning all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, as they feel the assembly and the general elections are fought on different issues.
The state party leadership, which had earlier met for three days to finalise candidates for the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat, had left it to the party high command to decide on the candidate for the high-profile seat amid clamour from workers for fielding Shah. 
A two-day chintan shibir of the party, aimed at preparing for the 2019 polls, was held on June 24 and 25 in Ahmedabad. 

Amit Shah, who was present at the concluding session, asked party men to strive hard to win all the 26 seats, party sources said.
In 2014, the ruling party had defeated the opposition on all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
However, in the December 2017 state polls, the BJP could win only 99 seats out of the total 182. It was unable to open its account in districts like Morbi, Amreli and Gir Somnath.
During the party's brainstorming session, Mr Shah asked the party leaders to make people aware of the "good work" done by the governments led by Narendra Modi at the Centre and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gujarat, BJP sources said.
He also cautioned the BJP workers against Congress' attempts to divide the society on the caste lines and asked them to work towards winning the votes of all the castes by emphasising the unity of Hindus, the sources said.
BJP state unit president Jitu Vaghani said during the two-day meet, discussions were held on how to go about retaining the 26 constituencies.
amit shah candidature from Gandhinagar, according to BJP insiders, also signifies the importance the party places on the home state of prime minister Narendra Modi and the BJP national president from where it had won all the 26 seats in the 2014 parliamentary elections.
He told party men to concentrate on strengthening those booths where the party's organisational structure is weak by reaching out to prominent personalities in those booths, the sources said.Amit Shah said PM Modi has to be made the Prime Minister for the second time as he is the son of the soil.
In the sessions held in two days different issues, as well as the social and regional situations in each constituency were analysed, he said adding that party will work hard to win on all the 26 seats.
The BJP put up its best show in the state in the Lok Sabha polls five years back, but it witnessed a major erosion in its support base over the last five years. It recorded its worstever electoral performance in two decades in the 2017 Gujarat elections in the wake of the Patidar movement for reservation. Officially, the party maintains it is hopeful of recapturing all the 26 seats in the state, but there are many within who believe that several seats, particularly in north Gujarat and Saurashtr .
However, the opposition Congress, which has gained confidence after winning 79 seats in the last Assembly elections by clinching 18 new seats, says the BJP is daydreaming about winning all the 26 seats. In the 2012 state polls, Congress had won 61 seats.
“Amit bhai’s candidature will change things in the areas where we are not our strongest, particularly in north Gujarat,” said a mid-level member of the party. 
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, winning all the seats in Gujarat was possible as Modi, who hails from the state was to become Prime Minister for the first time.

But now that wave has disappeared. This time they are just dreaming," state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.
BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya, however, expressed confidence that his party will definitely win all the seats as the issues in focus in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are different. We have a far better organisation and that makes a lot of difference, Mr Pandya said.
On its part, the Congress has been trying to strengthen its presence in the Gandhinagar seat. It recently held its all-important Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Adalaj near Gandhinagar.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had started his electioneering from Dharampur in south Gujarat. For the record, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, too, made her debut public speech after formally joining the party at a rally in Adalaj after the CWC meeting. 
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