On 29 April, BJP National President Amit Shah began a country-wide 95-day tour from Jammu to strategise ways to strengthen the party at the grass-roots level with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The visit assumes significance in view of the deteriorating security condition in the state and tension between coalition partners – the BJP and the PDP – following certain remarks made by some BJP leaders and a minister.
Shah arrived at the Jammu airport early on Saturday. He was welcomed by ministers and party leaders and was later taken to the government guest house in a big cavalcade in a scooter and motorcycle rally.
Shah is scheduled to address a meeting of MPs, MLAs, MLCs, VCs and state office bearers at the government convention centre. He will Also address a large gathering of senior citizens at the same venue.
In a tweet, the BJP office announced the start of Shah’s 95-day long-trip. The trip is aimed at strengthening the party at the booth-level and to reach out to masses with the Prime Minister's pro-poor schemes, the party said.
The BJP national president will inaugurate Nanaji Deshmukh Library and e-Library on 30 April, followed by release of a book at the party headquarters in Trikuta Nagar.
The BJP national president will also hold separate meetings on the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Birth Centenary Karya Vistar Yojana, the Aajeevan Sehyog Needhi and Finance, IT, Social Media and Election Management.
Shah's visit assumes prominence in view of the tension between the PDP and the BJP last week which was followed by the meetings between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deescalate the situation.