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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold its State Executive meeting on January 21 and 22 in Bhubaneswar, informed party's State General Secretary, Golak Mohapatra on Friday.

As per reports, the meeting will be chaired by State BJP president Sameer Mohanty and it will be joined by National General Secretary Sunil Bansal, regional in-charge D Purandeswari and three Union Ministers among other leaders.

While the first day of the meet will be held at the party office in Bhubaneswar, on the second day, the meeting will move to a private hotel in the Smart City.

Addressing a press conference, Mohapatra said, “Unemployment, continuous rise in debt, paddy procurement issues, deteriorating law and order situation and most importantly the PMAY corruption - all these things will be discussed in the meeting.”

“Apart from that, the decisions taken in the recently-concluded national executive meeting will also be discussed. Moreover, a roadmap for the 2024 elections will be prepared,” Mohapatra informed.

Mohapatra also responded on the free rice scheme controversy in the press conference. Answering a query from a reporter, Mohapatra said, “The Centre is providing rice free of cost to 3.25 crore people, while the State government is giving free rice to only 8 lakh people.”

On the topic of PMAY house distribution, Mohapatra said, “As if the massive irregularities in beneficiary shortlisting were not enough, the government has now asked the people to decide and remove ineligible beneficiaries from the list which is a dangerous proposition. If the block officials included ineligible beneficiaries, then why would the public remove those names? The tehsildar or the BDO should do that.”

(Reported By Soumyaranjan Sahoo, OTV)