- Gujarat scheduled to vote by December
- PM hosts breakfast for party MPs from Gujarat, Rajasthan
- Yesterday, he met with Uttar Pradesh MPs
Yesterday, MPs from Uttar Pradesh were hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate the party's tremendous win in the politically-strategic state. They were also cautioned against seeking favours from the new Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. Mr Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah said Yogi Adityanath must be allowed to focus on turning around the law and order problems in UP, and that phoning him to influence the transfer of officials or to seek appointments for friends and family is strictly off-limits.
After the BJP's blazing victory in Uttar Pradesh, there have been reports that the government will seek to advance the election in Gujarat to benefit from the famous "Modi Wave." Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told NDTV last week that the party in Gujarat will be "ready for early elections, if needed."
The BJP, which has governed Gujarat uninterrupted for 19 years has announced "Mission 150" - winning at least 150 of the state's 182 assembly constituencies. The party currently has 123 seats.
Party veteran LK Advani, who represents Gandhinagar in Lok Sabha, attended PM Modi's breakfast as did Union minister Smriti Irani. BJP chief Amit Shah, who was also present, will travel to Gujarat at the end of the month.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been campaigning for months for his Aam Admi Party (AAP) in the PM's home state, vowing to serve as the people's choice at a time when the BJP is facing anti-incumbency and the Congress is considered irrelevant and ineffectual as the main opposition party. However, AAP's inability to win Punjab in the elections that concluded this month will curb some of the momentum it was gaining in Gujarat, its leaders have ceded.