To strengthen BJP, Amit Shah travelled 5,60,000 kms in 3 years
Amit Shah completed three years in office as BJP chief. Going by statistics and the manner in which the party has progressed under his leadership, it becomes evident that he is the best chief the BJP has ever had.
Often referred to as Chanakya, Amit Shah added another feather in his kitty when he made his entry into the Rajya Sabha. His entry into the upper house of the Indian Parliament will boost the party. What more would the BJP need in the Rajya Sabha with Shah's presence and Venkaiah Naidu chairing it.
In the three years, Amit Shah, has travelled 5,60,000 kilometres across the country. He undertook 303 outstation tours, visited 325 districts. There were 300 overnight halts and he has stayed away from home for nearly 10 months in 3 years. He has held 800 organisational meetings and held 575 rallies or public meetings in 16 states, the BJP said.
It began in 2014
The resounding success the BJP attained in 2014 can be attributed to the Narendra Modi wave and Amit Shah's brains. Shah travelled extensively and it is said he made a 5 lakh kilometre journey during this period.
Shah roped in over 7 lakh people into the special camps that were held during the campaign. This was an impressive number since in the past hardly 3,000 persons took part in these camps.
He urged party workers to send across the Modi's message of development. Shah realised early that performing well in Uttar Pradesh meant booking a berth in Delhi. He gave extra emphasis to UP and the dividends paid off. The BJP won 72 out of the 80 seats in UP which helped it cross the magic mark of 272. The BJP ended up with 282.
Under Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP also became the world's largest party. It has over 10 crore members today.
Master of UP
Shah showed his skills in UP during the assembly elections too. The BJP trounced all its opponents and formed the government with a huge majority. Many close to him say that Shah has mastered UP to such an extent that he can win the state even with his eyes closed. In UP the BJP won 41 per cent of votes. Its finally tally was at 325 in the 403 member assembly. This is a huge jump considering the party bagged 15 per cent of the vote share and 47 seats in 2012.
Shah has seen a high success rate in the assembly elections. Under him the party has won UP, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam. While the BJP lost Bihar two years back, it fell right back into its lap a couple of weeks back.
The BJP is also making inroads in West Bengal and Telangana. The next step for Shah would be to retain Gujarat. He has told party workers that he wants nothing less than 150 seats in Gujarat. He also has a strategy in place to re-take Karnataka and bag Himachal Pradesh as well.
Under Shah, the party has also focused heavily on the North Eastern states. The BJP has its chief ministers in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh as well. The BJP also formed the government under the NDA in Nagaland.
The local polls
Under Modi and Shah, the BJP performed impressively at Maharashtra. It has 8 Mayors in 10 municipal corporations. For the first time the party won 301 seats. In the Zilla Parishad level, the party has 10 district chairpersons and five chairpersons.
The BJP also won the local elections held in Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Leh-Laddakh, Andaman Nicobar, Assam and Lakshadweep. In Odisha too the party performed exceptionally well. It started out the campaign with just 36 seats, but ended up winning 306 out of the 849 seats.