BJP chief ministers to discuss poll strategy in Delhi Thursday

January 29th, 2009 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) A meeting of the chief ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states will be held here Thursday to take stock of the party’s preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections.”The focus of the party is on winning as many seats as possible in the states ruled by it,” BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar told reporters here Wednesday.

The meeting, to be held at BJP’s senior leader L.K. Advani’s residence, would review the poll preparations with this aim, he said.

The BJP rules Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

“Deputy chief ministers of the party in states governed by the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) partners have also been called,” the BJP leader said - referring to Sushil Modi, deputy chief ministerof Bihar, ruled by Janata Dal-United (JD-U).

There will be two rounds of meetings of the party’s central election committee Thursday to discuss names of candidates.

The party Wednesday released its fourth list of 16 candidates taking the number of names announced so far to 48. The country has 543 Lok Sabha seats.

The BJP had earlier this year stated that all the party candidates would be finalised by the end of January.

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