Amit Shah Says, LS Campaign Most Hardworking, Extensive And Modi’s Outreach Unprecedented


New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began the legwork for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at least a year ago, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing 142 rallies in the last 50 days to cap a frenetic campaign that ended with the start of the silence period for the final phase of polling two days later.

BJP chief Amit Shah, addressing a press conference in the national capital along with Prime Minister Modi, said the campaign was the “most hardworking, extensive one since Independence, and Modi’s outreach was unprecedented”.

“Senior workers of the party started working at least six months ahead of the campaign launch. More than 7,000 Lok Sabha steering committees were at work,” Shah said at the briefing where he also declared that he party would secure a victory in at least 300 of 543 seats.

In the 2014 polls, the party won 282 seats to storm to power in what became the first single-party majority government in three decades.

To target a similar performance, the party leadership assigned specific task to its leaders, identified areas where it could expand, and put in place a mechanism to monitor developments on a real-time basis.

Every state got steering committees – between 14 and 21 depending upon the size of the state– to take care of specific assignments, and a committee dedicated to every Lok Sabha constituency was also set up. At least 11 kinds of programmes – such as booth-level conferences and bike rallies– were launched before the prime minister began his tours.

Modi’s rallies began with the one in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh on March 28 and, before concluding at Khargone in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, he addressed 15 million people, met at least 10,000 senior BJP leaders, Shah said. These leaders included MPs, MLAs and party’s regional heads.

In all, Modi covered 100,500 km by air and road. On April 18, one of the days when he clocked the most mileage, he travelled 4,000 km to go from a meeting in Amreli (Gujarat) to Bagalkot and Chikodi (both in Karnataka), and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).


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