BJP yet to reach peak, says Amit Shah at national executive meet

Jerome Frank
April 16, 2017

The party's unexpected performance in the Panchayat polls has raised hopes in the BJP that under the leadership of Modi and Shah - and also the undeclared face of the party in the state Dharmendra Pradhan - it could come to power and increase its tally in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "The new resolve is to win Himachal, Gujarat and Karnataka", Shah said, outlining an expansionist agenda.

The BJP's National Executive returned to Odisha after 20 years, firmly marking the state as a key target for the party in the near future. This comes after they registered a thumping victory in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections.

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

"Don't be complacent. Let's become a true pan-India party to showcase not only the BJP's success, but make India great in the committee of nations", he told party leaders.

"Political pundits used to say that BJP can overcome Congress, but it puts up a poor showing before regional parties. After the results of the 2017 [Assembly] elections, again, it was claimed that the party has peaked", Mr. Prasad said.

"Because of his connect with the people and the trust people have on him, Amit Shah said that Narendra Modi is the most popular leader since Independence", Prasad said.

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An impressive show by the BJP in recent local body polls in the State, and internal fights in the BJD have boosted its morale.

PM Narendra Modi at the BJP's National Executive Meeting in Bhubaneswar. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik explained that he would not be meeting the PM because he was visiting the state for "political work".

He fought sweltering heat to hold a 40-minute-long show on the streets of capital Bhubaneswar in the afternoon, waving and smiling to an enthusiastic crowd on both sides of the road.

He also offered floral tributes to freedom fighters and illustrious sons of the soil on his way to the Raj Bhavan. "Modi", "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Bande Mataram".

The Prime Minister will also be welcomed by a group of tribal students at Janata Maidan before arriving at the venue of the BJP meet - Sant Kavi Bheem Bhoi Sabhagar here.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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