Modi's road show and day 1 of BJP's national executive meeting

"The party must now prepare to fight polls in not only Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka but also continue political work in Kerala, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh", said Mr. Prasad, quoting Mr Shah.

Having reclaimed power in Uttar Pradesh after 15 years, the Bharatiya Janata Party will now turn its focus to the states where it has been traditionally weak but which are critical to determine its fortune in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as its national executive meet begins in Odisha on Saturday.

Mr. Shah did not spare any words when it came to the opposition and the apprehensions expressed over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

After a brief halting at the Raj Bhavan, Modi proceeded towards Janata Maidan, venue for BJP's national executive meeting.

A meeting of BJP office-bearers has started to finalise the agenda of the executive meeting, expected to begin after Modi reaches here later in the afternoon.




Shah in his address also referred to the Shunglu Committee report, which has indicted the Kejriwal government on alleged corruption charges, and said there can not be a bigger example of lack of probity. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and several other Union ministers will also take part in the deliberations, besides Chief Ministers of all BJP-ruled states. "After the results of the 2017 [Assembly] elections, again, it was claimed that the party has peaked", Mr. Prasad said.

In the recent panchayat elections in Odisha, the BJP had secured 297 Zilla Parishad seats while the Congress, the main opposition party, had won just 60 Zilla Parishad seats.

While addressing national level reporters here, Pradhan said, "The Modi government has sanctioned Rs 5,200 crore to the state In the Railway Budgets in three years". Shah is also scheduled to attend a programme at the state BJP headquarters to celebrate the Odia New Year.

The people of UP rejected family politics, caste politics and a "non-performing" government, he said referring to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has been carrying forward his father Biju Patnaik's legacy. "The BJP will attain its peak when BJP will have Chief Ministers in all the states and it has members everywhere - from panchayats to Parliament", Shah added, according to Prasad.

Clad in an all-white, Modi stood on the footrest of his Range Rover, beamed and waved at the people who had gathered on both sides of the road with lotus flowers in their hands to greet him.

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