BJP President Amit Shah reaches Odisha
In order to realise the set target of securing 350 seats in next parliamentary election, BJP President Amit Shah reached Odisha this Thursday. Mr Shah has planned for a tour of 110 days in which he will cover all the states. This trip is a part of that tour titles “Vistrit Pravas” in which he is scheduled to meet senior party leaders from Odisha including the party functionaries, Legislators and parliamentarians.
He has planned to meet state and district units of party to discuss the ways of strengthening the party. BJP in state in an upbeat mood after impressive show in local body election securing unprecedented high seats. Odisha is a stronghold of Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janta Dal and the BJD has won last state assembly elections consecutively. Mr. Shah wants to establish BJP as primary opposition party and thereby reap the benefits of anti-incumbency. It is to be noted that prior to becoming Chief Minister of state, Mr. Patnaik was part of BJP-led NDA and was also a member of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet. In first stint, BJP was an alliance partner of BJD which uprooted the Congress government of Odisha. Later on BJD parted its way from NDA. In the present context of exploring possibilities of strong anti-BJP coalition, Naveen Patnaik along with the likes Rahul Gandhi and Mamta Banerjee, is seen as a potential face. Amit Shah’s strategy is to consolidate the anti-incumbency in Odisha in favour of his party. In recent cabinet reshuffle, Dharmendra Pradhan has been elevated as Cabinet minister who hails from Odisha.
Mr. Shah also attacked on the state government alleging that the Navin Patnaik led BJD government and people associated with it were involved in so many scandals including mining scamp and multi crore chit-fund scam.
In Odisha, the assembly elections for 147 seats will be held simultaneously with general elections in 2019