Barely 24 hours after landslide poll victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the BJP's top leadership got into a huddle on Sunday at the party headquarters in New Delhi for a new mission- finding chief ministers for these two states and stitching up alliances to take power in Goa and Manipur.
The BJP parliamentary board comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, JP Nadda, Ananth Kumar, M Venkaiah Naidu and Thawar Chand Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and senior leader Ram Lal met to appoint state observers who would make the picks after consulting local MLAs in UP and Uttarakhand.
The party chose Naidu and Rajya Sabha member Bhupender Yadav as observers for Uttar Pradesh to get feedback from the state party MLAs on who they would like to see as the CM for the country's largest and politically most significant state.
"We are trying to gather consensus on the most suitable candidates for the CM posts in UP and Uttarakhand," Nadda told reporters. "We have appointed Naiduji and Bhupender Yadav to gather the response on most suitable CM candidate, which they will give to party chief Amit Shah on their return from the state."
The BJP board also appointed Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and BJP leader Saroj Pandey as observers for Uttarakhand to get local party MLAs' feedback on best possible candidates for CM post.
For Manipur, senior BJP leaders like union power minister Piyush Goyal and party national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe have been tasked with government formation formalities and gathering responses for CM candidate selection in Manipur, where BJP has staked claim to form the government.
Nadda added that the process of response gathering will start in the states after Holi and will be over in the next couple of days. He also said Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who was the central observer for Goa, is already on the job in the state towards BJP's government formation.
When the BJP takes power in these four states, it will have its governments in 16 states. The party is already preparing for polls in Gujarat and Karnataka and is looking to stamp its footprints in other states so it can go into the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with a near-complete saffron map of the country.
The BJP parliamentary board gave Shah full authority to select CM nominees for the four states based on the feedback he receives from the state observers.
The party's highest consultative panel represented by its top leadership also thanked citizens for the stunning victories in UP and Uttarakhand, and supporting them in other states.
Thousands gathered at the BJP's Ashoka Road headquarters on Sunday for the biggest road show since the momentous 2014 general elections victory. Modi waved to them through his victory walk into the office where he addressed supporters, workers and party leaders as he talked about inclusivity and pitched for building a "new India" by 2022 that would have made the nation's founding fathers proud. "I am seeing a new India, the India of the dreams of the youth. A new India that fulfills the aspirations of our women. A new India that is about opportunities for the poor," he said. "The poor are saying, I want to progress and I seek the opportunity from you."
Party sources said about 10,000 people had thronged the venue through the day. Supporters waved party flags and shouted slogans of "Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi." A multilayer security cover was put in place in the area with hundreds of personnel of Delhi Police, CISF and BSF as well as NSG commandos deployed.
The PM lauded Shah, the party's central and state leadership, and workers for the BJP's presence in every geographical area of the country.
"As fruits grow on a tree, no matter how big it is, it starts bending," he said. "Nature inspires us. As the fruits of victory cover this tree call BJP, it becomes our responsibility to bend, to become more humble."