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Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a file photo.

Amit Shah to unveil MP govt 'report card' on Aug 20; set to address BJP meet in Gwalior

Roughly 1,200 BJP workers are anticipated to attend the meeting, during which the party is projected to unveil its strategy for the upcoming elections.

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Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, is scheduled to unveil the Madhya Pradesh government's "report card" in Gwalior on Sunday (August 20). He will also deliver a speech at the BJP's working committee gathering in Gwalior, which is a stronghold of Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, according to a party official on Thursday (August 17).

“Shahji will come here (Bhopal) in the morning and release the report card of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on August 20. Thereafter he will leave for Gwalior where he will chair and address the working committee meeting,” said the state BJP leader, who did not wish to be identified.

BJP insiders said party MLAs, MPs, district presidents and general secretaries have been told to reach Gwalior. Around 1,200 office-bearers have been called to the meeting where the party is expected to come out with its final plan for the polls, they said.

The assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh will likely be held in a few months.

“We want to increase our movement in Gwalior, the erstwhile kingdom of the Scindias,” the BJP leader said.

According to political observers, the BJP is striving to put up a good show in Gwalior and Chambal region, especially after losing the Gwalior mayoral elections last year to the Congress, after 57 years.

This will be Shah’s second visit to the state in less than a month. On July 30, Shah visited Indore district where he address booth-level workers.

In the 2018 assembly polls, the Congress won 26 of the 34 seats in the Gwalior and Chambal region. Jyotiraditya Scindia was a part of the Congress then.

After Scindia switched over to the BJP along with his loyalists, the Congress could win just 7 of the 19 seats in the bypolls in Gwalior and Chambal region in November 2020.

However, after the setback in last year’s Gwalior mayoral elections, the BJP doesn’t want to take any chances, said a political observer.

(With agency inputs)

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