10 sidelights of BJP's Meeting at Bhubaneswar

16 April, 2017, 02:41 | Author: Essie Rivera

The party appears to be bubbling with confidence in wake of its impressive show in the recent panchayat elections in Odisha. 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.

As Modi is coming to attend BJP's national executive meeting beginning here tomorrow, he should announce special category state status for Odisha at the same meeting, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan told reporters.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said on Saturday that despite being in power at centre and in 13 states, the party is yet to achieve its peak and urged workers to devote themselves for the cause.

"We were successful in northern, central and western states in the last Lok Sabha elections". So there could be electoral setbacks in some of the seats, despite our best efforts.

He said all elections since 1998 were held with the use of EVMs. "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.

Modi's remark has insulted the people of Odisha, Harichandan said adding that BJP should also be held responsible for pushing Odisha towards backwardness. He said the "government was alive to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir" and that he did not set much score by the comments made by former chief minister of the State and National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah saying that the latter "flip flops from nationalist to quasi-separatist too often".

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According to Prasad, Shah said that the BJP's golden time would come when it won in Karnataka, Odisha and West Bengal.

"I don't see any threat from the BJP to my party and government", said the chief minister.

"Shah will extensively tour the country till September".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP veterans L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi will be among those joining the deliberations.

As the prime minister's 9 kilometre-long roadshow passed through the main road connecting the airport and the Raj Bhavan, the chants of "Modi". He stepped down from his vehicle and walked on the road to greet the people.

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