Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will have a hectic political schedule in 2018 leading up to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already started ground work for the the 2019 general elections in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. Starting with the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Uttar Pradesh has been a key state for BJP. In 2014, 73 seats from Uttar Pradesh played a pivotal role in forming the “Modi Sarkar”. Last year, BJP proved that it is the dominating force in the state by 325 Assembly seats. It has been learnt that Adityanath has met and held talks with MPs and MLAs from BJP and ally Apna Dal from 28 Lok Sabha constituencies across the state. Organisers in BJP want to complete meetings on the 52 other Lok Sabha seats by the end of this month, according to Indian Express report.
So far, CM Adityanath has met legislators and lawmakers Shahjahanpur, Bulandshahr, Sambhal, Badaun, Sultanpur, Pilibhit, Phulpur, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Rae Bareli, Ballia, Jaunpur, Bhadohi, Mishrikh, Kaushambi, Ambedkar Nagar, Robertsganj, Hamirpur, Banda, Pratapgarh, Kaiserganj, Kannauj, Farrukhabad, Jalaun, Gonda, Hardoi, Salempur and Domariaganj. Notably, 19 out of those have BJP MPs.
“It was aimed at 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The CM asked about the development work needed in the Assembly segments. He asked for project plans. He also asked us to popularise development schemes in view of the 2019 elections,” Dhirendra Bahadaur Singh, BJP MLA from Sareni, Rae Bareli, was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“The CM took feedback about the status of development work in my Lok Sabha constituency. He also asked about problems party MP and MLAs are facing and asked us to coordinate with each other in planning development in the area that could help people in all assembly segments in the Lok Sabha constituency,” another MP said.
“It is being assessed how these MLAs could be useful in Lok Sabha polls because they will be faces of the party in assembly segments in a Lok Sabha constituency. Reports about their reputation have been collected through party workers,” a BJP leader said.
Meanwhile, the ruling BJP may soon have more reasons to smile in Uttar Pradesh as it is all set to increase its tally in the biennial elections for the Rajya Sabha scheduled in April and in the UP Legislative Council where 13 seats are falling vacant. In the 245-member Upper House of Parliament, Uttar Pradesh has 31 seats being the most populous state of the country. Nine Rajya Sabha seats are due to fall vacant in Uttar Pradesh in April. The seats are held by Naresh Agarwal, Jaya Bachchan, Kiranmay Nanda, Chaudhary Munwar Saleem, Alok Tiwari and Darshan Singh Yadav (all SP), Munquad Ali (BSP), Pramod Tiwari (Congress) and Vinay Katiyar (BJP).Their term ends on April 2. With the BJP and its allies storming to power in the state in the 2017 Assembly elections, the saffron party is set to wrest a lion s share of these seats in the Council of State, as the Rajya Sabha is known. In the 403-member Assembly, the BJP and its allies have 325 seats, followed by the Samajwadi Party – 47 MLAs, the BSP 19, the Congress 7 and the RLD only one.