Amit Shah Targets Opposition for Questioning EVMs, Says BJP Yet to Peak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also led a roadshow and mingled with crowds at several places breaking security protocol as he arrived here to attend the two-day BJP national executive meeting with saffron expansion in Odisha being its key agenda.

Bhubaneswar (Odissha): Facing the CPM attacks against the Rashtria Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party with poise, the party will wreak its vengeance by establishing its clout and presence in Kerala, national president Amit Shah has said. His present experience at the Centre as a minister of one of the most important and cash-rich ministries, has also increased his profile.

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said, "After last five victories we will try to prepare for next elections".

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. This was informed by the Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Shah asked every BJP member, from minister to ordinary party worker, to devote at least 15 days a year to working to strengthen the organisation. Making an intervention during the BJP national executive meeting, Mr. Modi said, even Muslim communities have backwards, who are marginalised, and it was the duty of the BJP to take the fruits of development to them. "Though securitymen did not allow me to shake hands with him, I am happy he stepped down from his vehicle and greeted us", said a student Ratiranjan Das.

Mr. Gadkari said, during the meeting, Muslim women who are facing difficulties on the issue of triple talaq, was also discussed. "He also emphasised on the importance of raising issues with utmost deliberation, especially when on record", he said.

Amit Shah in Bhubaneswar. The rain began only an hour after the meeting got over and according to The Indian Express, was seen as a sign of divine blessing for expanding its roots in the coastal areas by the party leaders.

The poor, said Javadekar, have turned to the BJP because for "65 years, the Congress and other parties used them as vote-banks".

India is a rich country with poor people, Modi said, and blamed corruption and "visionless governments" of the past for its current condition.

Noting that the contribution made by the people of Odisha was significant, Modi said the glorious chapters of history serve as inspiration and people should link themselves with the past.

"We were weak in Odisha".

In what has been termed as the "resurgence" of the party in the state, the BJP won on 294 seats out of the 849 seats that went to the polls, which is nearly 10 times what it won in the last election.

  • Wendy Palmer