Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will on Wednesday interact with the party’s chief ministers and deputy chief ministers to review their “pro-poor” policies and the possibility of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

The Chief Ministers Council meeting, which has been an yearly affair since 2014, would start at 4 pm and would see participation from a number of senior party functionaries apart from the CMs and deputy CMs.

According to reports, the meeting will discuss ways to provide maximum benefits to the poor, farmers, Dalits, tribals, youth and women from the policies and programmes of the central and state governments.

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is keen to position itself as a “pro-poor” party with a special focus on Dalits and other backward communities (OBC) vote banks, who have backed the party under Modi and Shah, leading to its win in many state polls.

According to party sources, the BJP leadership had sent a five-point note to come prepared for the meeting.

The states have been asked to present the status of implementation of central schemes targeted at the poor, and socially and economically weaker sections like Jan-Dhan, Mudra, Ujjwala, housing and others schemes.

The discussion would also include the stages of implementation of various central and state development and welfare schemes, measures to expedite them if necessary and to ensure the benefit of these schemes reach the last man in the line.

The BJP along with its allies is in power in 19 states at present, an all-time high for the party.

(With agency inputs)