The coming elections are crucial for the party as PM Narendra Modi and Shah hail from the state.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is the state’s election in-charge, along with the four co-incharges Narendra Singh Tomar, Jitendra Singh, P P Chaudhury and Niramala Sitharaman met Shah at his residence and were joined by senior party functionaries, including general secretaries Ram Lal and Bhupender Yadav.
Gujarat BJP chief Jitubhai Vaghani also attended the meeting. “Detailed discussions were held on the Gujarat polls. We have kept our focus on ‘Mission-150’ and will work towards achieving it,” Yadav, who is in-charge of the state/s affairs, said. The party has set a target of winning 150 seats in the 182-member assembly.
In the last elections in 2012, when Modi was the state’s chief minister, BJP had won 116 seats. In 2007 and 2002, the two other elections the party contested under Modi’s leadership, it had won 117 and 127 seats, respectively.
With Modi now the PM, the party must strive to win 150 seats, Shah had told party leaders in Gujarat earlier.
Yadav said the state had witnessed allround development under Modi and this had to be continued, adding that organisational matters related to the elections were discussed in the meeting.
Gujarat has emerged as a saffron citadel with BJP in office in the state since 1995, except for a year when rebel Shankersinh Vaghela split the party and formed a government with Congress support. Vaghela recently quit Congress. Many of his supporters have joined BJP.
Source : timesofindia