New Delhi, July 9: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the BJP's poll campaign committee chief for the 2014 elections, has reportedly set a target of winning at least 15 Lok Sabha seats from the northeastern parts of the country. According to a report, Modi laid down the target at the party's Parliamentary Board meeting held here on Monday.
The entire north-eastern region of India sends 25 members to the Lok Sabha and out of them, 14 are from Assam [Arunachal-2, Meghalaya-2, Manipur-2, Tripura-2, Mizoram-1, Nagaland-1, Sikkim-1]. According to Modi, the BJP and the NDA must win 15-20 seats in the northeast if it aims to come back to power at the Centre.
According to reports, Modi was confident about a good show by his party in Assam, particularly after it performed well in the recent Guwahati civic polls.
Ananth Kumar, party general secretary, who remarked after the meeting that the BJP is ready for snap polls, said about 100 rallies will be organised under Modi's leadership across the country and a number of them will be held in the northeast. Modi is likely to attend at least three rallies in Assam alone, the report quoted Kumar saying.
Will the BJP enter into any alliance in Assam? The local party leadership, boosted by the civic poll results, have reportedly preferred a 'go alone' strategy in Assam. However, the party has decided to adjust seats with various regional outfits in other northeastern states like Meghalaya, Mizoram and Mizoram.
The BJP leaders also discussed about assembly elections in various northeastern states, Kumar said, adding that the main issue will be the failure of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.