Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah is in no mood to relent even after securing the biggest ever Lok Sabha election victory for the saffron party in its history. On Thursday, Shah chaired a crucial party meet of office bearers and state heads and told them in no uncertain terms that the party’s best time is yet to come. He also said that the BJP’s peak would come on the day it will win Bengal and Kerala.
The BJP has been trying hard to make inroads in Kerala but so far has not succeeded. In the recent Lok Sabha polls, the BJP could not win any seat in the Southern state but managed to get close to 13 per cent vote share. It is the third largest party in the state in terms of vote share after Congress and Left.
आज ‘राष्ट्रीय पदाधिकारी बैठक’ में आये पदाधिकारियों के साथ संवाद किया।
हम सभी कार्यकर्ता इस विजय को सर्वोच्च ना माने और मोदी जी के नेतृत्व में भाजपा को हर बूथ पर और मजबूत करने का संकल्प लें।
जब केरल, बंगाल व अन्य राज्यों में भी भाजपा की सरकार होगी तब वो हमारा सर्वोच्च समय होगा। pic.twitter.com/0ct5QPQ2i1
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 13, 2019
Another state where the BJP has been trying to gain power is West Bengal. Here, the party has made a significant base and emerged the second largest party after Mamata Banerjee-led TMC. In the recent parliamentary election, the saffron party won 18 seats with over 40 per cent vote share, 22 per cent jump from the last elections in which it had got just two seats. The BJP is hoping to dethrone Mamata Banerjee in the assembly polls due in 2021.
Amit Shah will remain BJP president till December 2019 as some crucial states like Maharashtra and Haryana will go to polls later this year. Earlier, it was expected that Shah could hand over the charge to someone after assuming charge as Home Minister. The BJP chief today key party leaders to expand the party’s base in new regions and bring more people into its fold. Among the key states where it would like to increase its presence are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.