New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Thursday convened a meeting of national office-bearers to discuss the outcome of Assembly poll results of five states and strategy for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea Challenging PM Modi's Election From Varanasi LS Seat
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According to a report in Hindustan Times, the BJP is also expected to hold a meeting of its national council in the Capital in the second week of January, when 2,000 party leaders from across the country will assemble to discuss the national elections.
“The meetings were decided before the results of the assembly elections came in,” said a BJP office-bearer. Another office-bearer said the results have exposed the limitation of BJP’s organisation in states where it is in power.
“We ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years, but addressing farm distress, creating more jobs, and dealing with a more aggressive Congress are big challenges confronting the party,” he told the daily.
The results of five states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly elections, did not give the saffron party a reason to jubilate. In fact, the BJP lost three key states to Congress.
In Madhya Pradesh, it could manage just 109 seats while the Congress bagged 114, just 2 seats short of the majority. In Rajasthan, the BJP secured 73 seats against the Congress’ 99 which was still short of the majority by 1 seat. In Chhattisgarh, the BJP again came second with just 15 seats against the Congress’ 68.
Party sources said, “The meeting would deliberate upon the Assembly polls results…party leaders will discuss possible strategies for the coming Lok Sabha polls.”