In order to pave way for the party ahead of the 2019 General Election, the national President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Shah has reached Jammu for his two-day visit to the valley. According to PTI reports, the leader is on a 95-day all-India tour as part of Vistaar Yatra (Expansion Tour) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election in order to strategize ways to seize the 120 seats where the party had faced defeat back in 2014. As stated in the reports, the deteriorating security conditions in the valley, tensions between coalition partners BJP and PDP has importance with his tour. According to J&K BJP president, Sat Sharma, “Shah will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir for two days on April 29 and 30.” He further added, “He will be meeting prominent citizens of Jammu region. A large number is expected to take part in the conclave in the evening.”
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Before setting off for his journey, Shah in an interview with the media stated that the states have been divided into categories, according to their electoral importance and he will be spending 1 to 3 days there accordingly. As quoted by PTI, “We have also set a target of (winning) 120 seats where we had lost in 2014. My tour will focus on taking stock of our organisational strength, and further expansion of ideology and electoral appeal across the country,” he said.
Other states that will be in focus include West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala, as stated in the reports. The party has graded the states into A, B and C category in order of their electoral significance, and he will spend three, two and one day there respectively. Amit Shah’s 95-day all-India tour will end by September 25, which is also the 101st birth anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.