Odisha in focus as BJP kicks off major party meet

Kristopher Drake
April 16, 2017

Buoyed by its impressive performance in the recently concluded panchayat elections in the state, BJP leaders at the meeting will discuss the party's strategy to build its strength in Odisha ahead of the two crucial polls. But, our peak is yet to come, ' Shah said.

Minister Prasad said BJP chief Amit Shah said this at BJP National Executive Meet.

Shah also condemned the recent political killings of BJP workers in Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal. This year, however, is an entirely different story with the BJP winning in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and also forming the government in Manipur and Goa.

BJP national president Amit Shah called upon the Opposition, especially Congress, to accept "electoral defeat gracefully".

The Dalits constitute over 17 per cent of the state's electorate and have never been traditional voters of the saffron party, which is now wooing them aggressively.

Continuing with the BJP's Dalit outreach, the party has named the venue of its executive meet after noted Odia poet and reformer Bhima Bhoi. "Its golden era will arrive when it rules from panchayat to assemblies across the country and Parliament", he said.

"Don't be complacent. Let's become a true pan-India party to showcase not only the BJP's success, but make India great in the committee of nations", he told party leaders. "After the results of the 2017 [Assembly] elections, again, it was claimed that the party has peaked", Mr. Prasad said.

The BJP has also planned a virtual road show for Modi when he arrives in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. "The Naveen Patnaik government has failed to provide basic amenities to the people in the state", he said.

A huge crowd gathered on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Modi. He also shook hands with many of them before getting into the auto again to drive into the Odisha Governor's residence.

Modi then paid floral tributes to Odisha's freedom fighters and legendary personalities on airport premises. "Modi, ' "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and 'Bande Mataram" rent the air.

The first day of the two-day meet was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 13 Chief Ministers including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was given a grand welcome at the event.

Narendra Modi acknowledges his supporters during a roadshow in Bhubaneswar.

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