NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has travelled across India thrice, covering more than 1 million km, in the five years that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has been in government at the centre, with Shah’s travels giving a peek into the expansive organizational- and election-related activity of the party
Shah was appointed BJP president just two months after the party’s historic win in the 2014 general elections. During his tenure, the BJP has performed well in several assembly elections and has also spread its political footprint to newer territories such as the North-East.
The BJP president has made a total of just 47 visits to various states for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, he has been a part of at least 1,500 public meetings in the last five years.
Senior BJP leaders said nearly three-fifths of Shah’s travel in the last five years was for election-related work, while the rest was for organizational work. In all, according to BJP leaders, Shah travelled more than 600,000km for election travel and another 413,000km for organizational work.
“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, state units demand the visit of Amit Shah for election campaigns and he also visits states to review the organizational preparations of BJP in different states," said a senior BJP leader in the know of development, requesting anonymity.
Shah has held 191 meetings between 2014 and 2016, 188 in 2017, and around 350 public meetings in 2018 alone.
Leaders across party lines, especially Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, have held a series of public rallies as part of the hectic electoral campaigning and have criss-crossed the country over the past two months.
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