Blaming EVMs for poll defeat is like disrespecting EC: Amit Shah

BJP Odisha in-charge Arun Singh inspects the venue for the party’s national executive meet in Bhubaneswar

BJP Odisha in-charge Arun Singh inspects the venue for the party’s national executive meet in Bhubaneswar

"When BJP lost elections in Bihar and Delhi, it was OK, but now all of a sudden questions are being raised on EVMs", Shah said. Many developmental activities can be undertaken in this minerals-rich state.

Shah in his address also referred to the Shunglu Committee report, which has indicted the Kejriwal government on alleged corruption charges, and said there can not be a bigger example of lack of probity. The BJP working committee members will devote 15 days for this objective. "But the assembly election results have changed that perception", Prasad said.

The BJP has also planned a virtual road show for Modi when he arrives in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Hitting out at the Left government in Kerala over the killing of the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (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.

"We were weak in Odisha". But actually, the BJP is yet to reach its peak. "But Amit Shah said that the party is yet to hit its peak".

According to Pradhan, the Union petroleum minister, Shah believes the eastern and southern states should power the BJP's victory in 2019. Find us on Facebook too!

Later, the BJP-BJD alliance formed government in the state.

"Let's resolve to make BJP a pan-India party from panchayats to Parliament".

"People in Odisha understand that there has been no development under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik".

Speaking on the party chief's vision, Prasad said: "We must do this with the love and affection of the people".

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Shah is already excited at the BJP graduating from the third to second spot in Odisha in the recent panchayat polls and he made a decision to hold the executive in the state to give a clear message to the ruling BJD that the BJP is all set to make a dent in the state.

Some senior BJP workers have expressed disappointment over the absence of cutouts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and party veteran L K Advani.

What boosted the party's prospects is the recently concluded panchayat polls, where the BJP emerged second, relegating the Congress party to third position.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a grand welcome when he landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport.

The leaders will discuss the BJP's strategy to increase the party's political footprint ahead of the 2019 general elections, while eyeing the 2019 Odisha state elections.

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

Defying the security cordon he even got off his vehicle a couple of times, walked up to people, greeted them and even shook hands with some of them. "Modi, ' "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and 'Bande Mataram" rent the air.

Security agencies were thrown into a tizzy when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, setting aside security protocol, stepped out of his bulletproof SUV and nearly walked into the crowd during his nine-km roadshow here on Saturday.

Narendra Modi acknowledges his supporters during a roadshow in Bhubaneswar. He will then proceed to Raj Bhavan before attending the national executive meet at Janata Maidan at 5pm.

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