When Amit Shah took charge as BJP’s Uttar Pradesh prabhari in 2013 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, he had to first familiarise with the deep-rooted caste affiliations in the state. Eleven months later, Shah and his team conquered the state, cutting across caste lines.The BJP is all set to repeat the Lok Sabha strategy in the assembly polls in the state in 2017. Shah, now the party president, will connect directly with 1.25 lakh party workers assigned at the booth level, a party leader said on Monday. In the nearly 200 assembly seats, which the BJP has not won in the past three elections in the state, the party will motivate the workers, sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the Lok Sabha elections, however, the party had won 72 of the 80 seats, surpassing its own expectations. Like in the run-up to the general elections, the party is planning to hold booth-level sammelans in the state’s six kshetras– Kashi, Gorakhpur, Awadh, Kanpur Bundelkhand, Braj and Paschim. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and Shah are expected to hold rallies across the state. Modi’s next rally will be in Allahabad, after the party’s national executive meet ends on June 13.With BSP supremo Mayawati planning to support some Congress candidates in Uttarakhand, UP and Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is hoping to occupy the space of the main Opposition party against the Samajwadi Party government. After 15 years of being out of power in the state, the BJP leadership is confident of capturing the state, where the party is making law and order and corruption two major planks to take on the ruling Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP.While keeping its focus on development, the party will chant “gram uday se Bharat uday tak”. The BJP, which lost Bihar last year, sees the UP elections as a precursor to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The BJP has set its eyes on the Brahmin, non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits in the state. In the Lok Sabha elections, the party had fielded 25 OBC candidates, 17 Scheduled Castes, 16 Brahmins and 14 Rajputs.


BJP to repeat Amit Shah’s LS strategy in UP during state polls