New Delhi: While the opposition parties are still pondering over the reasons for their defeat, the BJP has started preparations for the assembly elections to be held in all the major states by the end of next year. Senior BJP leaders including the Prime Minister have started visiting these election states. Some of the large states where assembly elections will be held by December 2023 include Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in late 2022, Karnataka in the summer of 2023 and Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in late 2023.

Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are considered as semi-finals for general elections. The BJP has already started campaigning for the assembly elections to be held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on his second visit to Gujarat from Sunday after the BJP’s recent victory in four of the five states.

Last month, while interacting with BJP MPs from Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi had asked them to use social media to make people understand about government work. A senior party functionary said senior ministers and leaders would frequently visit the poll-bound states to highlight government programs and take stock of the preparedness. “Visits of senior leaders and ministers to the election states will take place regularly as even the Parliament is not in session,” he said.

“We are asked to make a short video and share it with each voter through a WhatsApp group. The video will be short and will tell about the work of Central and State Governments. MPs will also be asked to highlight their own work for their Parliamentarians. constituency,” said a BJP MP. BJP President JP Nadda has kick-started the party campaign with a roadshow in Shimla and held several meetings in different parts of Himachal Pradesh to take stock of the party’s preparedness.

Nadda will be on a two-day tour of Karnataka from Sunday. Nadda will attend the concluding session of the state BJP executive meeting while visiting places of historical importance. Nadda also went to Rajasthan to review the preparations for next year’s assembly elections. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited the southern state of Karnataka to take stock of the preparedness and asked the cadre to take the field to achieve ‘Mission 150+’ next year.

“There will be elections next year. Amit (Shah) bhai ji has given some instructions to the state unit on how we should work on the ground. The state unit follows the direction on the ground. We will fight Karnataka elections on the basis of PM Modi. Name and work and work of BJP government in the state. We will definitely come to power again,” BJP national general secretary and member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly CT Ravi had told the media.

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has started several programs to strengthen the organizations at the grassroots level. Sources said the formation of page committees and booth committees is in full swing and will be completed in the coming months. A party insider said, “BJP workers are always among the people even during the peak of the Covid pandemic. As elections are approaching, we are just fixing things.”