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lok sabha: BJP raises target of ‘difficult’ Lok Sabha seats in Bihar & Maharashtra

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The BJP has raised its target of “difficult” Lok Sabha seats across the country that the party will seek to win in the 2024 general election to 160 from 144, increasing the number of such constituencies in Bihar and Maharashtra in the changed political scenario.

The party is organising a two-day training programme in Patna from Wednesday for the party’s vistaraks or full-time workers in 100 Lok Sabha seats. BJP general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh, general secretaries Sunil Bansal and Vinod Tawde, joint general secretary Shiv Prakash and Bihar co-incharge Harish Dwivedi will address the workers during the programme. Party president JP Nadda will address the workers virtually from Delhi.

The vistaraks are stationed in the region and they work on developing a grassroots party network.

In its first list of 144 Lok Sabha seats, the party had identified four seats from Bihar – Nawada, Vaishali, Valmiki Nagar and Kishanganj. Now, after the JDU broke away from the NDA and joined the Grand Alliance, the party believes there are six more such seats – Katihar, Supaul, Munger, Jhanjharpur, Gaya and Purnia.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the BJP and chief minister Nitish Kumar-led JDU contested 17 seats each in Bihar. While the BJP won all of them, the JDU also emerged victorious in all but one constituency. The six remaining seats were won by another BJP ally, Lok Janshakti Party, then headed by Ram Vilas Paswan.

Similarly, the party feels that in the wake of Maha Vikas Aghadi planning to contest together, ten more seats in Maharashtra should feature in its “difficult” list.

A similar training programme for the vistaraks of the remaining 60 Lok Sabha seats will be organised in Hyderabad from December 28. It will also kick-start the second phase of the party’s outreach and expansion programme in these Lok Sabha seats. Just as in the first phase, the party will deploy Union ministers to stay overnight in the identified Lok Sabha seats.

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