PM Modi to meet Paika Rebellion freedom fighters' kin

The Prime Minister also called on the BJP to not get too excited over the recent State Assembly elections victory and ensure they keep the momentum going. It will focus on expanding the party in politically important states like West Bengal and Odisha, which are key to Shah's 2019 Lok Sabha poll strategy.

13 chief ministers of the party, the most BJP has ever had, were also in the audience. Indeed, this point in BJP's his-tory could be seen as its peak.

State BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty said he was simply "stunned" by the crowd response to the rally. At present, there is a government of BJP-led coalition in Manipur.

The Prime Minister told party workers to stick to "positive approach". Apart from ruling the centre, the party controls 14 of the 30 states, covering 70 per cent of India's geographical area and 60 per cent of the population.

PM Modi arrives in Bhubaneswar for the National Executive.

The party's gold era, he said, will coincide with India's golden era and it will emerge as a great nation in the world.

"As far as social justice is concerned, our Muslim sisters should also get justice".

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.

Powered by a new-found confidence after the poll victory in Uttar Pradesh, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday asked BJP to use the government's achievements over the last three years as a jumping board to take a "long jump" and hasten the pace of economic and social development targeted especially towards the deprived in society.

BJP sources said Modi asked the party leaders and workers to hold district-level meetings over the issues of backward Muslims and women.

The BJP national president said he would spend three days in Kerala as part of the organisational expansion drive.

Pradhan added: 'Odisha is a laboratory for the Modi government's pro-poor policies in the country.

Samajwadi Party and was able to repeat the performance in Odisha.

His observation came during his concluding remarks at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) two-day National Executive meeting here.

The almost 8km road show starting from Bhubaneswar Airport to Janta Maidan, where PM Modi was to finally meet his cabinet colleagues, state chief ministers and top BJP leadership for the National Executive meeting, passed through Odisha's capital's landmark spots - Raj Bhavan to Jaidev Vihar Square, giving the ruling Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal some jitters and anxious moments.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik before the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi.

Noting that the contribution made by the people of Odisha was significant, Modi said the glorious chapters of history serve as inspiration and people should link themselves with the past.

  • Leroy Wright