Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that the party's next target was to attain power in Telangana in the 2023 assembly polls.
Chouhan asserted this after witnessing BJP's impressive gains in Telangana in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Citing that the BJP gave a good fight in West Bengal and Telangana, Chouhan said that the elections were 'very significant'. Even so, the saffron party was not satisfied with the end result and wanted to gain a foothold by forming governments in states it lost.
"Our next target is formation of BJP government in Telangana in 2023," Chouhan, vice-president of BJP, told the media.
Chouhan also tweeted and said that:
"We are dedicated BJP workers and soldiers. The aim of our organization is the development and public welfare of the country and the region. Our life is dedicated to the nation. We will try our best to build a new India and a new Telangana and fulfill the dream of Narendra Modi."
After a dismal show in the assembly polls held in December last year when it won only one of the 119 segments, BJP pulled off a surprise in the Lok Sabha elections, bagging four of the 17 seats in the state. Chouhan thanked the people of Telangana for showering their love and blessings on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. He also hit out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for skipping the NITI Aayog meeting in Delhi and not functioning from the Secretariat and also "for not implementing" central schemes such as the 'Ayushman Bharat' in the state.
"The government advisor on 'Vastu' issues had been given the status of a minister in the state." he said.
Alleging that Rao was engaged in self-marketing, he said the TRS government's advertisements appear in newspapers even in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan, who is the party's "pramukh" (convener) for membership drive, said the campaign would begin on July 6, the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee and continue till August 11. BJP would reach out to all sections of people including those working in different professions in membership enrolment, he added.