By Dayafter Bureau, Agencies
The BJP Odisha unit is not ready to accept that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gala public meeting program in open top SUV with people and party workers cueing on both sides of the roads in Bhubaneshwar on April 15th, suggests that the ‘party with difference’ is having an eagles eye on the state, especially after the robust performance in recently held civic body polls. Political pundits have reasons to speculate this as party president Amit Shah was given almost similar kind of welcome in the state capital when he arrived on Fridayto attend the two day session of the party’s national executives.
Odisha is now the centre of the Amit Shah and Narendra Modi’s “Look-East” policy and in February, it placed second in local elections across the state, proving its increasing strength. The BJP won about 300 seats, compared to about 400 for Navin Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal forcing Congress party to third place. Congress even failed to cross the psychological three figure mark.
Odisha Assembly would go to polls along with 2019 Lok Sabha elections.