Exhibition on Odisha's marvels in BJP national executive meet in Bhubaneswar

Briefing reporters, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during the party's national executive in Bhubaneshwar, Shah said that due to his extraordinary connect with the people, Narendra Modi is the most popular leader today.

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

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.

"When we won in 2014, they said BJP has reached its peak".

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.

An exhibition was inaugurated at the venue of the national executive committee (NEC) meeting of BJP at Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.


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. BJP supporters raised slogans of "Modi-Modi" and "Vande Mataram" and some showered flowers on the Prime Minister. He expressed satisfaction over the recent success in the panchayat elections in Odisha and said people of the state now want change and are looking towards to the BJP. "Party leaders should not be lazy and keep working hard", he said.

After arriving in Bhubaneswar, Shah paid tributes to Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his birth anniversary and later joined his state party colleagues in celebrating the Odia new year.

No defections have been heard of so far but what might be going in BJP's favour is the very factor which is being perceived as a testimony of the invincibility of BJP and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik - three back-to-back terms in power. The party feels that the momentum should be continued in order to consolidate its position in these states.

Naidu was also upbeat on the party's performance in West Bengal.

A huge crowd gathered on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Modi.

The state BJP has mobilized around one lakh people, at least 50 each from all the organizational units across the state, to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrives at Bhubaneswar this afternoon.

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