BJP to muscle out Rahul Gandhi from Amethi? Narendra Modi party strategy gains urgency; Smriti Irani, other bigwigs to hit ground zero

By: | Published: October 6, 2017 10:50 AM

The Narendra Modi-led party has identified which seats in UP need special attention – seven of them that the BJP and its ally Apna Dal could not win in 2014 elections.

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With all eyes on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is already paving the way to dominate Uttar Pradesh poll landscape. According to a report by Indian Express, the Narendra Modi-led party has identified which seats in UP need special attention – seven of them that the BJP and its ally Apna Dal could not win in 2014 elections. In order to bag maximum votes in these constituencies, the saffron party is now planning to hold public meetings, conduct organisational programmes and open infrastructure projects. Speaking to IE, a BJP source informed that the party has lined up a series of immediate programmes for Amethi which will then be followed by plans for the other six constituencies in the state.

Out of the total 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP bagged 71 in 2014 general elections while Apna Dal won 2 seats. Here is a list of seven remaining seats where BJP did not manage to raise its flag:

Amethi – won by Congress VP Rahul Gandhi

Rae Bareli – won by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi

Azamgarh – won by Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav

Kannauj – won by SP’s Dimple Yadav

Mainpuri – won by Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tej Pratap Yadav

Badaun – won by SP’s Dharmendra Yadav

Firozabad – won by SP’s Akshay Yadav

BJP President Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Amethi on October 10, where Congress has a strong foothold. Shah along with other senior leaders of the party will hold a rally and lay foundation stones of some developmental projects too. The report also stated that Union ministers including Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari and Manoj Sinha are expected to lay foundation stones or inaugurate projects such as an FM radio station, a Sainik School, the Amethi district headquarters and a civil court building, a Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ITIs, and railway and road projects.

“These seats are strongholds of either the SP or the Congress but we are hopeful of winning there, too, because the BJP’s vote share increased manifold there in 2014 as compared to 2009,” a BJP leader told Indian Express.

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