- Target is to win 150 of Gujarat's 182 seats: BJP chief Amit Shah
- Amit Shah covered 3 booths in a door to door campaign in Devaliya village
- The tribal vote matters in 27 of the state's constituencies
"We won 120 seats when Narendrabhai was Chief Minister. Now when he is Prime Minister, we should win 150," Mr Shah said.
The BJP chief was in Devaliya village in the tribal belt of Chota Udepur in central Gujarat and covered three booths in a door to door campaign. The area is seen as a Congress stronghold and Mr Shah told party workers, "Whatever seats we win or lose, we must not lose from Devaliya...I have myself come amidst you to motivate you."
With elections now six months away, the BJP strategically chose the tribal area for the party president to kick off the booth management campaign. The powerful Patels who have traditionally supported the BJP are miffed with the ruling party over their demand for reservation in government jobs and colleges not being met. As it looks to consolidate the support if other communities, the 15 per cent tribal vote can be a crucial addition.
The tribal vote matters in 27 of the state's constituencies.
Food for the BJP chief was cooked on a gas stove and not a chullal or coal stove. Mr Vasava denied that these were recent gifts linked to the VIP visit. "We got the toilet made about a month back from government grant. And we got the gas connection under the BPL (Below Poverty Line) category," he said.
Gujarat is the home state of both Mr Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was Chief Minister for 13 years before he moved to Delhi after the BJP won the 2014 national elections. The party has since won a series of state elections and has started an early campaign to also retain Gujarat. Apart from the BJP's traditional rival in the state, the Congress, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party too is contesting in the state.
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