New Delhi, Apr 28: In their early preparation for the 2019 General Elections, the National President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah has begun his expansion tour visiting those Lok Sabha seats where the BJP lost in 2014. As part of this Vistaar Yatra (Expansion Tour) he will be visiting the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Odhisa, Lakshadweep, Telangana and Gujarat.
The aim of the Vistaar Yatra is to expand party’s reach in those 120 Lok Sabha seats wherein the BJP lost in 2014 general elections.
Shah will start his two-day Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) tour from Saturday. The BJP is a coalition partner in J&K government led by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The BJP has three Members of Parliament (MPs) and 26 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from J&K. The by poll for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat has been deferred by the Election Commission. The seat is vacated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Shah’s state visit also assumes importance as the state has been witnessing unrest reminiscent of 2008 and 2010. He will be meeting intelligentsia during his visit.
After Jammu and Kashmir, Shah will be touring four states- Odhisa, Lakshadweep, Telangana, and Gujarat. His each state visit will be of 15 days. In Odhisa, Shah will be camping at Kalahandi district.
The BJP has created 19 departments to ensure that the party runs equally from the district level to the national level.
The party will also be listing its 11 crore members up to the booth level.
(With inputs from ANI)