New Delhi | BJP chief Amit Shah travelled an average 495 km per day and visited 32 states and Union territories in his 18-month first term in his bid to strengthen the organisation, the party said today as he started his second term at the helm. Under Shah, the party became the world’s largest political party as its membership grew from less than 3 crore to more than 11 crore and won in four of the six states where it fought the assembly elections. Though he has faced flak for the crushing defeats the party suffered in Delhi and Bihar, BJP said that it was not in power in any of the six states and it succeeded in having its chief ministers in Maharashtra and Haryana for the first time.
BJP, which had failed to cross double digits in Haryana, won majority on its own and formed its first government in the state. The party registered its best electoral performance in Jammu and Kashmir. It may not have won in Delhi and Bihar but it retained its vote share in the capital city and significantly increased the same in Bihar, it said in a statement. In the last 18 months, Shah travelled an average of more than 495 km every single day and covered 2,65,600 km across the length and breadth of the country, it said. After taking charge in August 2014, he got down to the task of establishing contact with party leaders and workers and the first and third Mondays of the month were designated for his ‘Jan-Samwad’ (dialouge with public) where both workers and leaders could meet him without appointment.
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