BJP national president Amit Shah summoned state party leaders to New Delhi in the back drop of the poor performance of the party in the Malappuram by-polls and directed them to complete the expansion of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state without delay. Taking cue from Shah, state BJP president Kummanam Rajashekharan invited all the political parties that agreed with the policies of the NDA to its fold.

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The BJP central leadership believes that the expansion of NDA with more regional players was very important and urgent to win seats from Kerala in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Asianet News reports. So, the alliance should be further strengthened immediately, Shah told state leaders who met him on Thursday. The national executive meeting of the BJP held recently at Bhubaneswar had chalked out plans for Kerala.

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The national leadership has been successful in solving the problems aired by some of the NDA constituents from Kerala, including the issues aired by Bharat Dharma Jana Sena. More regional parties should enter the NDA to brighten the prospects of winning maximum seats from Kerala. There were reports that Amit Shah had set a target of 11 seats from Kerala in the 2019 general elections. Shah will visit Kerala July as part of his national tour to strengthen the party.

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The gesture of summoning BJP state leaders to New Delhi just after the party's poor performance in Malappuram by-polls had triggered all kinds of reports, including a possible reshuffle in Kerala BJP. But speaking to press persons after the meeting, Kummanam Rajashekharan dismissed such reports as baseless rumours.