BJP hopeful of winning Odisha in 2019

State govt asserts state guests status to ministers attending the BJP Nat’ Exe. Meeting

Of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Oram is the sole BJP MP, while the rest are with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

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. In the current Assembly, the party has just 10 MLAs, while tribal affairs minister Jual Oram is the lone MP from the state.

Further to this, BJP leader Shrikant Sharma asserted that the party has always been against the concept of triple talaq primarily because it is related to a woman's dignity and safety.

Calling Shah the BJP's "Chanakya", the 4th century BC economist, teacher, philosopher, jurist and adviser to emperor Chandragupta Maurya, Modi said he had put in huge effort to strengthen the party across the country. "This meeting can prove to be a milestone in the upcoming elections of Odisha". This is as clear an appeal as possible to voters in 2019 not to think of unseating his party from power.

On Saturday, Shah will also hold a national office bearers meet.

Summary: DEHRADUN: BJP top brass in the state have left for Odisha to participate in the two-day BJP national executive meeting being held in Bhubaneswar.

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.

Modi also hailed party president Amit Shah's stewardship of the organisation and credited his strategy for BJP's win in the recent polls, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

In the local polls in Maharashtra and Odisha, the saffron party put up its best ever show. "The EVMs issue is one such work of these manufacturing issues", said Modi. "Not only for strengthening the party but we should also work for positive change in the country", the BJP chief said. Assembly elections in Odisha are due in May 2019 along with the general elections. Though the ruling BJD, which has been in power in the state for the past 17 years, emerged the victor in the local polls by winning 460 seats, it had more reasons to worry as its tally in the last election was 651, a loss of almost 200 seats. Another resolution also condemned the manner in which Congress and other parties are playing politics in this connection and stalling the bill. Similarly, LPG connections in the State have been increased to 43 lakh in three years from 22-23 lakh connections made by the year 2014.

Talking to media here, Mr Harichandan said earlier the BJP was talking about a "Congress free India" but now they say Opposition free India.

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