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Special status row won't harm BJP in AP: Shyam Kishore

Press Trust of India  |  Visakhapatnam 

general secretary Jammula Shyam Kishore today said the controversy over demand of special status category for AP would not affect his party's prospects in the state.

The opposition parties have targeted the ruling and the government as the state was not granted a special status post-bifurcation.

would launch several strategies to strengthen its base among the masses and occupy the space vacated by the and other parties, he said.

Speaking to media after the state executive meeting of here, Kishore and fellow general secretary S Suresh Reddy said the state executive decided to strengthen the party in the state by 2019 through a massive membership drive and building the cadre in all the mandals.

The BJP membership in the state in 2014 was 1.75 lakh and now it has increased to nearly 31 lakh, they said.

To a question on whether BJP would have a tie-up with for Legislative Council polls, the two leaders said they had no power to take decision on this issue, and the BJP high command and top leaders will take a decision on it.

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 22:28 IST