Poll fever: Amit Shah to use UP election strategy in Karnataka?
Bengaluru (DC): BJP president Amit Shah is likely to base the party’s strategy for the 2018 Karnataka elections on its successful Uttar Pradesh model, according to party sources.
He is also likely to induct prominent leaders and MLAs of other parties into the BJP as part of its poll preparation, they reveal. Mr Shah, who is arriving in the state on a two-day visit from August 12, will bring three survey reports conducted by various agencies to help him draw up strategy for the state, according to them.
“He has a consolidated report of the 224 Assembly constituencies in the state and is aware of the party’s strengths and weaknesses in each of them. He intends to focus more on the constituencies where the party has a very weak base,” said a party leader.
“Our party president will draw a road map for our workers for the next six months and based on his directions, election strategies will be finalised,” said BJP core committee member and senior leader C.T.Ravi, , adding that his meetings with both core committee members and second rung leaders would help douse the differences among leaders and help the party fight the coming polls unitedly. As for distribution of tickets, it will be decided by the party central leadership based on the feedback received from the state leadership, going by another senior leader.
Meanwhile, it is believed that the state BJP has been soft on the income tax raids on Energy minister D.K. Shivakumar because of his good personal rapport with its president and former Chief Minister, B.S.Yeddyurappa.