Amit Shah chairs Gujarat BJP’s ‘chintan shibir’ to chalk roadmap for assembly polls

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah has chaired the state BJP’s ‘chintan shibir’ or brainstorming session, seen as the party’s exercise to chalk out road-map for 2017 Assembly polls, which began on Sunday.

On the first day of the two-day session, Shah held discussions on various issues with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel, state unit BJP president Jitubhai Vaghani and several other key leaders and ministers, stated a release issued by the state BJP unit. Shah is on three-day visit to his home state.

Before proceeding to the event, being held at a club on Bavla-Rajkot Highway near the city, Patel told reporters the discussions would mainly revolve around strengthening the coordination between the BJP and the government.”We will discuss prevalent social as well as political situation in the shibir. We will also discuss the ways to take pro-people schemes to beneficiaries by establishing better coordination between party and government. As the Budget session of state Assembly is approaching, we will brainstorm about new schemes which can be floated during that session,” said Patel.

The deputy CM said the people of Gujarat have always supported the ‘development-oriented’ policies of the BJP and will re-elect the party to office next year as well. Other leaders who attended the session included former CM Anandiben Patel, Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Union minister Parshottam Rupala and state BJP in-charge Dinesh Sharma.