BJP hopeful of winning Odisha in 2019

On Saturday, Amit Shah, possibly the most powerful man in India after Narendra Modi, said in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, at the BJP's National Executive Council that "the party's golden era will begin only when it has chief ministers in every state and the party holds power from panchayat to parliament".

Reaffirming his commitment to development, Modi stressed on P2 G2 (pro-people proactive good governance) agenda for the BJP and its governments in his address to the party's national executive during which he rejected the EVM row as another "unsustainable" product of "manufacturing factories" of opposition parties. "Though securitymen did not allow me to shake hands with him, I am happy he stepped down from his vehicle and greeted us", said a student Ratiranjan Das. "His popularity among the people of India has confirmed that he is the most admired and respected leader since the time of Independence", it said heaping praise on the prime minister.

Even in the last general election, the BJP won just one seat with the BJD claiming the rest.

The BJP President had chalked out a plan for strengthening the party across the country, for which he would embark on a 95-day programme and connect with booth-level workers in the country, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will be meeting the family members of the freedom fighters, who undertook an armed rebellion against the British rulers in the state in 1817.

Asked about the comment of Modi on triple talaq, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who briefed the media later, said the Prime Minister briefly spoke on the issue saying "Muslim women should get justice and none should be exploited".

It said the majority of the schemes and policies launched by the central government were aimed at benefitting people at the bottom rung of the society.

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

BJP was earlier weak in Odisha, but the situation has changed and now the party is at number two, pushing Congress to third position in local body elections, Shah said. "However, the Congress did not do it because of votebank politics", said Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.

"The poor have started feeling a sense of trust and belonging in the present government".

It is more hard to deal with a victory than a loss as many people turn up to advise a loser but not a victor who could get carried away, he said.

Shah warned Bengal and the two Left-ruled states of Kerala and Tripura for the alleged attacks on BJP and Sangh workers on their soil.

State BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty said he was simply "stunned" by the crowd response to the rally.

  • Leroy Wright