Kerala at bottom of BJP’s priority list in South India for 2024 general elections

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started preparations for 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Seasoned BJP workers are being deployed on more than 50 seats in South India, sources told news agency ANI. Their training in this regard was conducted in Hyderabad a few days back, the agency reported.

There are 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, 25 in Andhra Pradesh, 39 in Tamil Nadu, 17 in Telangana and 28 in Karnataka.

The sources further said that in the training camp in Hyderabad, a complete plan has been prepared to target about 60 Lok Sabha seats in the Southern States of the country.

Senior BJP leaders BL Santosh, Sunil Bansal, Tarun Chugh and Vinod Tawde participated in the training camp.

"The BJP workers were trained on how to bring the works of the government in front of the public. The main focus of the BJP is on Telangana, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The party will also strengthen some seats in Karnataka but the main focus is on these four States for which they have also identified 60 seats," said sources.

"BJP believes that if it wants to get more than 303 seats in 2024, then the southern seats will have to be targeted in a planned manner and now BJP has started working on it," said sources.

The sources said that the BJP has appointed two General Secretaries, one Sunil Bansal and the other Tarun Chugh, to focus on the Southern States.

"People are being called from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh to Varanasi to the double engine Modi-Yogi's Maha Vikas model in Uttar Pradesh. Some people have also been sent to Gujarat," sources said.

The sources further added that the programme Kashi Tamil Samagam was also organised in Varanasi because Tamilians have an old relationship with Kashi.

The event was held from November 17 to December 16, 2022, and was aimed at rediscovering the bond between Kashi and Tamil Nadu. Hundreds of delegates from Tamil Nadu participated in this month-long event.

The event was organised by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) jointly.


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