BJP chief JP Nadda – currently in Tamil Nadu – will arrive in Odisha tomorrow on a day-long visit to attend several public programs and organizational meetings of the party. He will address two public meetings in the areas that are part of the Puri and Kandhamal Lok Sabha seats, which the BJP lost in 2019.
The party said Mr Nadda would hold talks with local leaders – mandal and booth presidents and the parliamentary teams manning these seats. In September, Mr Nadda visited Odisha and addressed a public meeting in Bhubaneswar.
The yatra is being seen as part of the party’s strategy to focus on the seats it lost in the last Lok Sabha elections.
In September, top BJP leaders – including Mr Nadda and the party’s chief strategist Amit Shah – held a brainstorming session to draw up a roadmap to win back the 144 Lok Sabha seats that could not be won in the previous elections . In view of the political situation in Bihar and Maharashtra, now the number of seats has been increased to 160.
The list includes constituencies where the BJP had finished second or third in 2019, and some that the party had never won.
The party divided these seats – spread over states including Bengal, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh – into groups and appointed a Union minister as their in-charge.
Another group of ministers was tasked with assessing the political situation by visiting all the assembly constituencies in these constituencies.
Sources said the ministers did a SWOT analysis of the BJP’s position in these constituencies. He also had to identify the steps that the party can take to ensure its victory in 2024.
Sources said a detailed blueprint has been prepared on these constituencies, including demographic details like religion and caste, voter inclination and reasons behind it.
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