Amit Shah to start BJP's expansion drive from Naxalbari, West Bengal

Besides Amit Shah, top party leaders, including almost every Union minister, have been roped in to drive the campaign at booth-level to boost the BJP's prospects.

BJP chief Amit Shah will kick-off his party's expansion drive from Naxalbari, West Bengal on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Delhi, Textile Minister Smriti Irani said that a 15-day programme will be started by Amit Shah when he will go to Naxalbari, West Bengal booth no 93 and start his countryside visit.

Amit Shah is going to a booth which has a past of Naxalism. He is going to spend 2 days in West Bengal and then visit Odisha, Telengana, Kerela and Tamil Nadu as part of the programme.

By starting his drive from Naxalbari, Shah will give a message of solidarity to BJP workers, who have "suffered" violence there, Irani said. The party has accused the ruling TMC of unleashing violence on its workers in the state.

Speaking about the number of "Pracharaks" which the BJP has enlisted, Smriti said that around 3 lakh and 68 thousand people will participate in a 15-day stay in any part of country and thousands of other workers will go for 6 months to one year programme. BJP president also intends to travel for 95 days before September this year.

EXPANSION PLAN

Earlier during the day, BJP national general secretary briefed about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CMs and Deputy CMs from the BJP ruled states. The guiding theme of this meeting was antyoday and how to carry forward the pro poor schemes of this government.

The BJP is celebrating year 2017 as 'Gareeb Kalyan Varsha' for centenary year of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay and it will also work on the Deen Dayal expansion scheme.

The national secretary said they are planning to expand even in states where they don't have a ruling government. In Gujarat, we have government for 25 years; in the states of MP and Chhattisgarh, we have government for long and schemes like Ujjwala, Gram Jyoti have benefited the poor immensely. Simultaneously, several new schemes have been launched by various states.

Talking about the UP government, he said that there the government has decided to procure crops apart from waving loans of farmers. There was also a discussion on how states can adopt good schemes launched by other states. Prime Minister Modi in the meeting told the chief ministers that their aim should be to launch programmes that will bring qualitative change in the life of ordinary people. He also said that states should learn from good schemes being implemented in other states.

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