Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday set a target of 150 seats for Karnataka BJP leaders in the 2023 Assembly elections in the state, where the ruling party is eyeing a continuous term. Shah attended a meeting of the state BJP core committee this evening, where discussions were also held to include leaders of other political parties before the elections and to strengthen the organization.
“The core committee has discussed preparations for the next elections and organizational work. He directed us to implement the action plan to win 150 seats (225-member assembly) of the BJP in the next elections. He instructed us on preparations for the next elections, “said state BJP president Nalin Kumar Katil. Speaking to reporters after the meeting here, he said organization, expansion and formation of page committees on priority basis were also discussed.
“There has been no talk of early elections in the state. Elections will be held on time next year,” he said in response to a question, adding that people from other parties joining the BJP was an “uninterrupted process” and that the discussion had taken place. There has been speculation for some time about the possibility of early assembly elections in the state.
Interestingly, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who was still in town today, set a target of 150 seats for his party’s state unit to return to power. Denying any change of leadership (chief minister) at the core committee meeting or any discussion on the issue, Katil said about the much awaited cabinet reshuffle, it was left to the discretion of CM Basavaraj Bomai, who would take a decision after consulting the national leadership. A decision on the subject.
Asked if there were rows of hijabs, not allowing non-Hindu traders in the vicinity of temples and halal issues, he said current political developments had been discussed. Apart from Shah and Katil, the core committee meeting was attended by Bomai, former chief ministers BS Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar, Union minister Pralahad Joshi, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and City Robi, ministers KS Ishwarappa, Sriramulu, CN Ashwath Narayan and Govind. Karzol, among others.
Referring to Shah taking stock of the current political development in the state, Robi said, “Last time (in the 2018 election) we got 104 seats, now it is 120 (after the by-election), we have to cross 150 (in the next election). He (Shah) has given us specific directions to do this, according to which we will create a road map to win the election. ” “People are keen to join the BJP. The state president will form a team to look into it and decide who to include,” he added.
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