BJP President Amit Shah, who is on a nation-wide tour, will be in Kerala on Tuesday. He is on a one-day visit to the state to gear up the party for the general elections to be held in 2019. Shah will be attending a party core committee meet and will address leaders from selected districts. He would also hold discussions with the leaders from Lakshadweep.
BJP sources confirmed that the party chief will take stock of the preparations for the upcoming Parliament elections and will work out strategies in this regard.
Uncertainty has been hovering over the selection of the party’s new state president following the appointment of incumbent Kummanam Rajasekharan as the Governor of Mizoram in May.
Kerala continues to be a tough ground for the BJP to form a foothold. The party’s vote share had however increased from 6 per cent to 14 per cent during the 2016 Assembly polls. However, senior leader and former Union minister O Rajagopal continues to be the lone BJP member in the assembly.
The BJP chief’s nation-wide tour will wrap up by July 22. He is scheduled to visit Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in the coming days before concluding the exercise.
Shah’s tour focusses on the parliamentary polls. The exercise underlines the party's seriousness and diligence on the ground for the Lok Sabha polls, which are now less than 10 months away. He meets the party’s core groups, scheduled castes and tribe leaders and party’s social media team in every state. The BJP chief has already finished touring 18 states.