Amit Shah claims party base has strengthened in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: BJP’s national president Amit Shah claimed that the organisation of the party has strengthened in Odisha. During the party’s national council meeting yesterday, Shah said that as per the look east policy, the party is laying more focus on Odisha and West Bengal.

The party’s growing interest in Odisha is understood from the repeated visits of its top brass including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah himself. After Khurda and Baripada, PM Modi is coming to Odisha once again on January 15 to highlight his government’s achievements and developmental agenda.

Similarly, Shah will tour Cuttack on January 18 to review the targets set for State leaders. Sources claim that he will also share some mantras to further strengthen party’s organistion. Like West Bengal, the saffron party is planning to launch a ‘Parivartan Rath’ campaign in Odisha as well, said sources.

BJP national secretary, Suresh Pujari said “Neither in West Bengal nor Odisha, there are any chances for BJP forming an alliance. We have plans in place to win 120 Plus seats in Odisha as per the target given by Amit Shah.”

Meanwhile, Congress and BJD are of the opinion that visits of Modi and Shah will not have any effect on their prospects.

“He (Pujari) knows that the BJP will face defeat and therefore, is trying to create some hope for party activists,” said Niranjan Patnaik, Odisha Congress chief.

In his reaction, ruling-BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said “During every poll the party (BJP) has a new leadership and will have new leaders in future. Like the way people have discarded the saffron party in the past few years, they will reject it similarly in future as well.”

Begging to differ, Union Minister Jual Oram stated the party is getting stronger in the State. “Other parties just want to pass a message to the common masses that they are not losing any grounds. But it indirectly shows that they are afraid of the BJP.”