Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently addressed a jan jatiya mahasabha in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, where he reiterated the BJP’s ambitious electoral target of ’24 mein 400 paar’ for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha Election. His speech shed light on the party’s strategic vision and emphasized the importance of grassroots mobilization.
Clarification of Intent
Contrary to speculation linking his visit to electoral motives, PM Modi clarified that his presence in Madhya Pradesh was aimed at serving the people rather than electioneering. He pointed to the recent assembly election results in the state, which he suggested reflected the mood of the populace.
PM Modi outlined a strategic approach to achieving the BJP’s electoral goals. He urged party workers to identify polling booths where the BJP had garnered significant support in recent years and mobilize an additional 370 votes in each booth. Furthermore, he stressed the need for extensive outreach efforts to educate households about the government’s initiatives and achievements.
Setting the Target
This isn’t the first time PM Modi has set a numerical target for the BJP. During the recent Budget session of Parliament, he linked the figure 370 to the party’s electoral aspirations, citing the abolition of Article 370 as a significant milestone.
Acknowledging Opposition Banter
The origin of the ‘400 paar’ slogan can be traced back to a sarcastic remark made by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Rajya Sabha. Kharge mockingly referenced the BJP’s election slogan ‘abki baar 400 paar’. PM Modi embraced this remark, turning it into a motivational benchmark while reaffirming 370 as the BJP’s standalone target.