New Delhi, Aug 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, while chairing a meeting with top party leaders today, said the target for them in the next general elections would be clinching 360 parliamentary seats.
At the meet which lasted for nearly 3 hours, Shah briefed 31 senior BJP leaders about the game plan which they should adopt moving into the Lok Sabha elections of 2019.
The saffron camp reportedly adopted a two-pronged strategy: focus on seats which they failed to win in previous parliamentary poll and quell anti-incumbency in all states where the BJP is in power.
As per the assessment of Shah, there are nearly 150 additional Lok Sabha seats which BJP could wrest from the Opposition. Among states, where the party should escalate its efforts, the BJP chief reportedly mentioned Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Karnataka.
Shah, in presence of Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad and JP Nadda, said it is imperative for the BJP to emerge as the winner with two-third majority to counter the electoral disadvantage in Rajya Sabha, reports said.
In the previous general polls, BJP emerged as the first party in past 30 years to win single-handedly cross the halfway mark. The party emerged victorious on 282 seats, bagging 10 more than the required majority number.
Shah’s brain-storming session with top BJP leaders came amid a conclave called by veteran parliamentarian and rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav. The conclave, aimed at taking steps “to safeguard India’s composite culture”, featured the participation of leaders from 17 Opposition parties, including the Congress, Left, SP, BSP, RJD, DMK and others.
With the Opposition on one platform, Yadav pitched for unity among them saying, “Today our fight is against those who want to trample upon the nation’s composite culture. Need of the hour for all secular-minded parties is to overlook our differences and unite to take on the fascist forces.”