Odisha BJP gears up for Amit Shah’s visit tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP is all geared up ahead of the visit of party’s national president Amit Shah to the State tomorrow. Shah is scheduled to attend a slew of meetings with party leaders and members of different committees to chalk out strategies for the 2019 elections.

Speaking to media persons, Union Minister Jual Oram said that leaders and workers of the State unit are nervous but at the same time confident of meeting the expectations of the party chief who will review the wining prospects of several party leaders.

“We have prepared ourselves and hope getting good percentage with respect to our work. Failure of the State government and achievements of the Centre will be our focus areas to move ahead,” Oram added.

Samir Mohanty, vice-president of Odisha BJP, said “We have called two selected party workers from each panchayats of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies who will have a meeting with the party chief here at the headquarters.”

Shah will reportedly hold closed-door meetings with the representatives from each panchayats who have been assigned with the job of looking after the affairs of the party at the grassroots level.

Besides, Shah will be meeting the core team of the party here to look into the wining prospects of party leaders. Shah will also review three Lok Sabha constituencies, including Bhubaneswar and Puri.

Moreover, the BJP president has reportedly made a blueprint for the 2019 general elections in Odisha and is likely to have discussions with the party leaders on a 19-point agenda. Political situation in Odisha, oppositions’ strategy and possible alliances with other political parties among others are believed to be discussed.

Commenting on Shah’s visit, Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik said Shah will visit the State several times as the position of the saffron party here is very weak.

“We will also invite AICC president Rahul Gandhi to visit Odisha at least three times before the elections. He might come in July end or in early August,” he added.