Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to all the speculations related to the Odisha BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming general elections, Union Minister Jual Oran today said that Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan is the CM candidate of the party for the State.
[caption id="attachment_336139" align="alignnone" width="750"] Union Minister Jual Oram[/caption]
The saffron party's national president Amit Shah had earlier set a target of winning more than 120 out of 147 seats in the Odisha Assembly elections and laid out an elaborated organisational plans for the party in the State.
[caption id="attachment_237556" align="aligncenter" width="750"] BJP national President Amit Shah (File Pic)[/caption]
However, expressing hopes to return to power for a fifth time, the ruling-BJD president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had dismissed Shah’s claims and said, “I doubt very much whether they (BJP) will get so many seats.”
"Dharmendra Pradhan will be our CM candidate and there is nothing to doubt about it. Putting an end to the Tamilian rule in Odisha by ousting the Naveen Patnaik government is necessary in the very interest of the State and its people," Jual said.
He further said that the party will leave no stone unturned to dethrone the BJD government and give a sigh relief to the people from the 19 years of misrule, ill-governance and rampant corruption.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders in Odisha are claiming to have strengthened the party's base at the grassroots level and confident of achieving the target set by Amit Shah.