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After losing three states, Amit Shah meets leaders today to review setback

After Tuesday’s electoral setbacks, it is time for introspection in the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).

Party president Amit Shah will go into a huddle with senior leaders on Thursday to discuss the reasons behind the defeats the party faced in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh annd Rajasthan, and to lift the morale ahead of the 2019 general elections, according to senior leaders familiar with the matter.

Before that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to the BJP MPs at the weekly parliamentary party meeting in the Parliament complex. The BJP is also expected to hold a meeting of its national council in the Capital in the second week of January, when 2,000 party leaders from across the country will assemble to discuss the national elections.

“The meetings were decided before the results of the assembly elections came in,” said a BJP office-bearer who asked not to be named. But, he added, the outcome of the assembly elections in the five states — particularly the three in the Hindi heartland that were under the BJP’s rule — will feature in the discussions as the party prepares for Modi’s re-election bid.

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