Monday, 20 November, 2017

Amit Shah in Odisha to prepare for BJP's 'Mission 120'

Amit Shah 5 in kitty BJP & allies now gear up to wrest other 3 NE states
Andrew Cummings | 08 September, 2017, 00:53

Shah is also planning to visit Meghalaya as the party is keen to put its best foot forward in the three poll bound north-east states of Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

"The demonetisation has not had any negative impact (on economic growth)".

The Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Wednesday reached Odisha as part of his 110-day nationwide tour to strengthen the party in the states. The party believes it is on track to take on the ruling BJD, which has been in power since 2000 under Naveen Patnaik, and could win 120 of the 147 Assembly seats. In five of the eight states, we have chief ministers who are members of the NEDA.

When Paul Lyngdoh and MP Conrad Sangma, leaders from Meghalaya, which is one of the four states in the NE to go to elections, raised the question regarding the matter, senior leader and NDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma intervened and said local customs will be respected.

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BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said the people of Odisha had now "developed doubts" in the Chief Minister over his "non-performance".

He said the people associated closely with the government were involved in multi-crore chit fund and mining scams.

Claiming that no previous government had given the amount of assistance to Odisha that the NDA government led by Narendra Modi had given, Shah sought an answer from the BJD government where all that money had gone.

Party sources said the names of many leaders expected to be inducted into the government were struck off at the behest of Shah as he wanted them to play key roles in the organisation to implement his strategy for 2019. The meeting is assumed to be significant, as BJP got a boost after merger of all front liners of Trinamool Congress last months. The BJP has just 10 MLAs in the assembly.

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