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Amit Shah to launch BJP's blitzkrieg for Gujarat polls on Sunday

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Modi to inaugurate 'bullet train' in Ahmedabad next week

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

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BJP president Amit Shah leaves for break during the 2nd Conclave of North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief are slated to hold dozens of rallies and roadshows in in the run up to the assembly polls in the state. Shah is slated to hold a ‘town hall’ event in on Sunday.

and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe would visit the state for three days during mid-September. and Abe would also do the ‘bhumi pujan, the groundbreaking ceremony, for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai ‘high speed’ train during their visit to the state from September 13 to 15.

President Ram Nath Kovind was in on September 3 and 4, where he inaugurated an irrigation project. Kovind hails from the Koli community, which is one of the Scheduled Castes in Uttar Pradesh. However, the is classified under the OBC (Other Backward Classes) in

During his visits across India, Kovind has also visited The unit of had then hailed him as a leader, and he was also felicitated by at the event. It even issued a press release that had said Koli and Thakor communities constitute more than 20 per cent of Gujarat’s population. With the Patidar community, or significant sections of it, having turned against the after the agitation led by Hardik Patel, the party is hopeful of consolidating its support base among OBC communities in the state.

According to strategists, Shah would address a ‘town hall’ event on Sunday, which will be shown live to 100 places across the state. hopes to reach out to 100,000 youths across the state. The event will also have a question and answer session. Shah will also launch BJP’s “resolute Gujarat” campaign for the assembly polls.

The campaign will highlight the economic progress achieved during the rule in the state. The centrepiece of the campaign will be waters of Narmada river reaching the arid Kutch region, the growth in the dairy industry and double digit agriculture growth. The focus, a leader said, is to reach out to the youths, particularly the first time voters.

The has set itself a target of winning '150+' seats of the 182 assembly seats in The assembly elections are likely in December.

First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 20:39 IST