As the leader of the BJP’s election campaign in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold about 25 rallies in his home state as the ruling party seeks to reach voters in 150 Assembly constituencies. Sources told News18 that the dates for these meetings will be set after the schedule is approved by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The rallies led by star campaigners, including the Prime Minister, are expected to start from next week. “The Prime Minister’s programs are expected to be completed by November 12. We have tentatively scheduled time for the Prime Minister’s first meeting on November 17,” a source said.
The state will vote in two phases on December 1 and December 5, and the vote counting will take place on December 8, along with Himachal Pradesh.
Apart from PM Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also tour Gujarat as a star campaigner for the BJP.
Sources said the BJP’s strategy to win an unprecedented seventh term in Gujarat is being led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is expected to closely monitor the campaign.
Senior Central Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Arjun Munda and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will also address rallies in various parts of the state, sources said. BJP president JP Nadda will also hold roadshows in Gujarat.
Central ministers have also been sent to various regions of Gujarat to accompany BJP candidates as they submit their nominations, sources added.
The BJP is doing its best to avoid a repeat of the 2017 election when it failed to hit the three-digit mark, finishing with its worst-ever performance in more than two decades with 99 seats. The state has an emotional and prestigious ties to the party as it is the home state of both Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah.
Both leaders would follow the campaign closely as the election results will undoubtedly have an impact on the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.
“Our prime minister has said that this time we need to break our own record of 127 seats (2002 elections) in the state,” the source said.
The target is believed to be the reason the BJP has refused tickets to 38 incumbent MLAs.
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