Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Kerala visit: Tough job ahead for Amit Shah

Amit Shah Amit Shah Kerala Kerala BJP Kerala cow slaughter BJP news Kerala news latest news indian express Amit Shah is expected to chair several meetings with party leaders to analyse the organisational work in the state
Sammy Stanley | 03 June, 2017, 03:23

Shah is expected to make some public remarks on the murders in Kannur, where his party workers are locked in a violent turf war with the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, and reports about youths in Kerala being driven to radical Islam, said another BJP leader, who did not want to be named.

He would meet with the Bishops in Kochi on Saturday and try and build bridges with the Christian community which accounts for 18 per cent of the state's population.

Kerala BJP in-charge H Raja had said Mr Shah's meeting with bishops is aimed at "understanding each other".

Amit Shah was taken to Ernakulam guest house, accompanied by a large number of vehicles including hundreds of two wheelers.

The visit of Amit Shah, who has engineered electoral victories for the party in many states, is viewed as an attempt to build up the party's vote base in the state.

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Kerala is crucial for BJP in its efforts to become a truly national party. Various organisational units of BJP will also meet Shah to discuss challenges the party faces in the state. In the assembly election in May previous year, BJP doubled its vote share to 16% and won one seat for the first time ever.

BJP national president Amit Shah has expressed his confidence that BJP will win all assembly seats in tribal areas of Gujarat in coming assembly elections.

The BJP president is likely to criticise the Congress after members of the opposition party's youth wing killed a calf in public in Kerala to protest against the government's new rule on sale of cattle at animal markets.

Kerala is important in the BJP's strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as Shah expects to win a chunk of its 21 seats after the party increased its vote share substantially to 16 per cent in the 2016 assembly polls.

He will lay the foundation stone for the new party State headquarters on Sunday. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJPs best performance was in Thiruvananthapuram, where it finished second to Shashi Tharoor. Beef is widely consumed in Kerala.

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