BJP sets target of 120 seats in TN

BJP sets target of 120 seats in TN

In a bid to cash in on the political disarray in Tamil Nadu, including the Congress spilt and the conviction of AIADMK chief Jayalalitha in a graft case, the BJP has set an ambitious target to capture power in the state by winning more than 120 seats.

Tamil Nadu BJP’s General Council and Executive council meeting on Wednesday discussed to draw the road map on party’s strategy for the Assembly elections due in 2016. The party also appealed to the cadres to work hard to achieve the target of bagging more than 120 seats of the total 234 seats in Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Citing the recent success in Maharashtra and Harayana, BJP leaders also decided to put the same efforts in Tamil Nadu to increase the vote bank, which is currently less than seven per cent.

“Why it should not happen in Tamil Nadu. If it works in Maharashtra and Haryana by increasing the party’s vote share, why cannot we go from seven per cent (in the Lok Sabha elections) to 36 per in Tamil Nadu. It is achievable” Rudy, who was appointed in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu said.

The meeting was convened at a time when the ruling AIADMK was facing a crisis of sorts following the conviction Jayalalitha in the disproportionate assets case, that cost her the chief minister and the MLA posts. The Congress is also facing a split after its senior leader G K Vasan announced the launch of his own new party on November 28.

Echoing similar views of Rudy, Union Minister of State Pon Radhakrishnan said “We must capture power in Tamil Nadu. We will work to achieve it”. Senior leader P Muralidhar Rao said Tamil Nadu politics was going through a transitional phase. While AIADMK chief Jayalalitha was convicted in an assets case, the DMK is shrouded with “family politics”. The Congress party has almost melted. A great vacuum is building up and there is void, he said.

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