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Bhubaneswar: With an aim to motivate the cadres for the upcoming 2019 Assembly polls, BJP party President Amit Shah today attended a meeting of the party's women's wing at Puri. He was welcomed by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior leaders of the party.

Shah inaugurated the three-day national executive meet of the women's wing and addressed a huge crowd in the pilgrim town .

The BJP President would interact with office bearers of the Mahila Morcha on a number of issues during the meet.

Shah's tour comes two days after the Odisha visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday when he launched several projects including inauguration of a new airport in Jharsuguda and commencement of work for the country's first coal gasification based fertiliser plant at Talcher.

On the other hand, BJP Mahila Morcha President Vijaya Rahatkar on Sunday dubbed the BJD government in Odisha as "anti-women" accusing it of having failed to protect the women and children from rape and other crimes.

On strengthening of BJP Mahila Morcha in Odisha ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, Rahatkar said at least five BJP women workers will be engaged in each booth.

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Meanwhile, Shah alleged that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has deprived the people of the state of the benefits of the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana' - Ayushman Bharat' because of his political differences.

"Poor people of Odisha are unable to benefit from the scheme because of the BJD's narrow mindset. You will have to answer the people for petty politics. BJP workers will visit every house to make people aware of your anti-poor politics and their rights," he tweeted on Sunday.

During his last visit to the state on July 1, Shah had advised BJP leaders workers to strengthen the party base at the grassroots.

(With inputs from PTI)

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