Amit Shah to connect with grassroot workers in Odisha

Hitting out at the Left government in Kerala over the killing of the BJP and RSS workers allegedly by communist cadres, he said his party will continue to oppose it peacefully and ensure that the "lotus blooms" there as well as Tripura, another Left-ruled state.

After successfully holding the party's National Executive meeting, Shah will visit the state again in June and August, according to a Union Minister.

"Under Janadhan, 28 crore have opened bank accounts under the government's policy". We have done a lot of work but it is not adequate.

"He (Modi) talked about social justice".

"Making the poor man as a central point and to make his life sustainable, the thought of "new India" is to free the poor man from unemployment and hunger".

"I feel elated to see our Prime Minister from close quarters".

Seeking to reaffirm his commitment to development, the PM coined yet another alliterative slogan - "P2 G2" (pro-people pro-active good governance) - while the verdict is still out on whether his government is anywhere near delivering on his promise of "minimum government, maximum governance" made at the time of the last Lok Sabha election campaign in 2014. "He said Muslim women should get justice". 'We want to be free of unemployment and poverty'.

"Jan dhan, van dhan, jal dhan" (human, forests and water resources) will be the foundation of a new India, he said, underlining his agenda of tapping India's demographic dividend, launching sustainable development in forests for tribals and exploiting its water resources.

The Prime Minister, earlier, held a roadshow in the state capital ahead of the meeting.

Making an intervention during the discussion on the motion for granting constitutional status to the national commission for backward classes, the Prime Minister highlighted that there are sections among Muslims, who are backward, adding that they should be included in the discussion over backward classes.

Sunday's resolution at the national executive of BJP also reaffirmed Modi's commitment towards building a "society of equal opportunities" where nobody would be treated as "inferior".

Accusing the opposition of creating manufactured issues in a "factory", Modi said: "It seems that opposition manufactures these issue in some factories". "Before every election, there a new one: Before Delhi polls, it was attack on churches; award wapasi came up before Bihar polls; now it is EVMs", he was quoted as saying. "There is a need to meet these women, but do not provoke them or go against their religion", he said.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is fast emerging as the numero uno choice to lead the BJP in the Odisha Assembly elections in 2019. "His only visible competition is from Jual Oram, his Cabinet colleague", a senior Bhubaneswar-based party leader said.

In what has been termed as the "resurgence" of the party in the state, the BJP won on 294 seats out of the 849 seats that went to the polls, which is nearly 10 times what it won in the last election.

  • Leroy Wright