Amit Shah may visit Jammu ahead of portfolio reshuffle

A four-time MP from Sundargarh constituency, Oram was among the first founding BJP MLAs from the state and has also served as the state president of the party.

Hailing the NDA government for its pro-poor policies, the BJP on Sunday urged people to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi form the next government too - in 2019. "Till that happens, the golden era of the BJP will not have arrived". We should also proceed on the formula of a new India.

Hardik Patel had led the 40-day agitation that shook Gujarat and was suspected to have been the key to the resignation of former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two day "talking point state visit" gave many selfie moments to the locals during the road show.

Demonetisation also found a mention in Modi's speech with the prime minister calling the decision to invalidate old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 as a bigger success than the victory in Uttar Pradesh, where the saffron party won 312 out of 403 seats.

Modi is slated to inaugurate Kiran Multi Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre, built by a private trust, in the city tomorrow morning.

He promised to work hard himself and announced that by September, he would have spent 95 days travelling in the country's different regions, particularly in areas where the BJP is weak, to interact with booth-level party workers.

PM Modi lights the lamp at the meet venue as top BJP leaders LK Advani, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley look on.

Shah said the party had shattered the myth created by analysts that it could defeat the Congress but not the regional parties.

Much of the confidence that the BJP exudes over Odisha comes from the panchayat elections held in February. Traditional BJP supporters, the Patidar community has been on a collision course with the party after their demand for quota in jobs and education was turned down by the state government.

It benefits from a strong presence of the RSS and other Hhindu affiliates in the western and tribal-dominated districts of the state, but its own network of political workers is limited in comparison to that of the BJD, which also has the advantage of being able to leverage the state administration.

"If the Left governments think they can suppress the BJP by attacking us, they are wrong".

Explaining his "long jump" theory, Modi told party members that the government has achieved a great deal in three years, but it does not mean that the pace of development has to remain the same; in fact it should be hastened so that it is like taking a long jump towards development. "We have to awaken our "purusharth" (efforts) and work in mission mode", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes