The Bharatiya Janta Party chief, Amit Shah, asked the party workers to work towards achieving the target of winning 150 of the total 182 seats in Gujarat in the upcoming Assembly polls. He said, “Mission 150” would ensure that the BJP wins three Rajya Sabha seats in the state next time.
Election to the three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat was held on Tuesday. While Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani was elected to the Upper House of Parliament, party candidate Balwantsinh Rajpur was defeated by Congress veteran Ahmed Patel. Notably, as Shah resigned as the MLA of the state, he told the cadres that the magic number of 150 achieved in the upcoming elections would make it possible for the BJP to win the Rajya Sabha seats, irrespective of the number of votes a candidate gets.
“Today, the assembly secretary was explaining to me that Balwantsinh was defeated by around 0.40 votes, and could have won, had he got that many votes. But if we get 150 seats (in the upcoming state election), all our three candidates will win,” Shah said.
He exhorted the party workers to achieve the party’s “Mission 150” and begin preparation for the same.
“Mission 150 will be achieved in December (when the polls are likely to be held)…The kind of development works that the BJP has done in Gujarat, people will support us in December. The way BJP has been supported by the people in the state, our organisation is invincible,” he said.