"We should win at least 175 seats in the Bihar Assembly polls next year," BJP national organisation general secretary Ramlal said addressing a two-day state party executive meeting starting on Saturday.

"We could have set a target of 122 seats (required to come to power in the 243-member Bihar House) but we want two-third majority to provide strong and good government," he said at the meeting aimed at drawing strategy for the crucial Assembly polls.
    
He said the target was achievable as BJP led in over 175 Assembly segments in the state in the recent Lok Sabha poll in the state.

Riding on the Narendra Modi wave, BJP won 22 seats of the total of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar while its ally LJP won six and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party to take the tally to 31.

The BJP executive committee meeting is being attended by Union Ministers Radhamohan Singh, Ravishankar Prasad, newly elected MPs including actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, Giriraj Singh, Ramkripal Yadav and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav, among others.

Ramlal, a representative of RSS in BJP, said the meeting should be construed as beginning of preparation for Assembly polls in Bihar.
    
He slammed JD (U) for its proximity with RJD and exhorted party workers to make people aware that BJP was the only option that could provide good governance.

In an apparent dig at Nitish Kumar, Ramlal said, "You talk about sacrifice but you behaved like this you should have relinquished power, only then public could have considered voting for you."

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Nitish Kumar was in ‘illusion’ after severing ties with BJP.

"If he has not learnt lesson from the defeat in Parliamentary polls, the Assembly election will definitely make him learn the lesson," he said.
    
On closeness between JD (U) and RJD, he said this was creating an environment of fear in the mind of people.

State BJP president Mangal Pandey said Assembly polls could take place anytime.

"It's certain that Assembly poll will take place in Bihar before end of its term in November next year," he said and appealed to the workers to get ready for the battle.
    
The second session of the meet will be a closed-door affair in which media persons would not be allowed.

(Agencies)

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