BJP hopeful of dethroning BJD govt in Odisha in 2019

BJP president Amit Shah garlanded the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar at A G Chhak, near the Secretariat, upon his arrival.

The choice of Odisha as the national executive venue highlights Shah's focus on the State as he believes that the party can boost its prospects here due to anti-incumbency against BJD chief and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been in power since 2000, and declining fortunes of the Congress. "The party must now prepare to fight polls in not only Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka but also continue political work in Kerala, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh", said Mr. Prasad, quoting Mr Shah.

He added that up until now analysts had said that the BJP was able to only beat national parties like Congress and fared badly when the party faced local opponents. "We condemn it as such an act is against the culture and tradition of Odisha", senior BJP leader Suresh Pujari said. After the recent UP victory also, they are saying that the BJP has reached its peak.

Asked about a book written by BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao who had questioned the reliability of EVMs, Prasad said his book is not the official view of his party and it was written long back when the UPA was in power.

In a sarcastic attack, Shah said that when United Progressive Alliance won the 2004 and 2009 general elections or the Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party won the Uttar Pradesh elections in 2007 and 2012, then there was no problem, but now all of sudden questions are being raised about EVMs. He will himself undertake a 95 day tour by September across the country in which he will meet booth-level workers of the party. BJP can also perform in the states ruled by regional parties, he noted.

"I think it (the BJP meet) will not have any impact on the people of Odisha", he had said.

The party will organise door-to-door campaigns from May 26 to May 31 and distribute BJP stickers, flags and pamphlets containing details of the development work done by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the decisions taken by the Yogi Adityanath dispensation in Uttar Pradesh. Firstly, people's expectations would be fulfilled by the Government and, secondly, the party organisation would be strengthened to make it a success, he said. In 2017, they repeated the statement. 'Our golden period should align with the golden India, ' the party president asserted.

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