After BJP won the Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi lauded Amit Shah by saying he is a case study for political pundits who want to understand the word 'strategy', as his hard-work during the campaigning for UP assembly election was something never seen before. Also, it was Shah, whose leadership has led BJP to win elections in Assam, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand.
Now, as Amit Shah charts his master plan for the 2019 general election with a 95-day-India-tour, the challenges before him and the party are huge.
Amit Shah arrived in Jammu today, kick-starting his all India-tour with a conference of all party leaders. Speculations are rife that his visit to Jammu and Kashmir is so timed to address the unrest in the valley.
CHALLENGES FOR THE BJP
The BJP in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is walking on the tip of a sword as it's encircled by the upsurge in militancy, dissent of separatists and the issue of stone-pelting.Shah is slated to assess the Kashmir situation and review the performance of all the 11 ministers of the party in the ruling PDP-BJP government, during his visit. He is also looking forward to strengthening the party base in the state.
Besides, the assembly election in Himachal Pradesh in late 2017 stands as a big challenge in the way of the BJP's desire of a pan-India victory in 2019 general elections. The Congress has dislodged the BJP five years ago from the state. Now, the Modi-Shah duo will desperately look for a way to win the hill state, to move a step closer to their dream of a 'Congress Mukt Bharat'.
The BJP is also hoping for a big victory in Gujarat as it will boost the party's prospects for the general elections. But the party faces some serious challenges in the state. Since Modi has left for Delhi, the state has witnessed numerous uprisings by the upper caste Patels, who till Modi's reign in Gujarat, along with Dalits have always been the party's strongest electoral supporters.
In 2010, the BJP had managed to bag over 50 per cent of the vote share to win 30 of the 31 district panchayats. However, in 2015, it could just win six district panchayats and its vote share dipped by 7 per cent. Whereas, the Congress increased its vote tally from just 1 to 24 district panchayats.
However, Amit Shah is leaving no stones unturned to ensure that the BJP gets re-elected in 2019. Shah has already deputed 600 Full-timer volunteers for 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. He has also identified five states of West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Gujarat and Lakshdweep for his 15-day work at booth-level, with special focus on bringing the new generation of Indians to the forefront. The BJP is working on a membership drive to strengthen the organisational setup.