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PM Modi visits Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneshwar

21 April 2017

Prime Minister Modi attending the national executive meeting in Odisha with his trusted lieutenant Amit Shah and brigade of 300 leaders is an indication that the saffron party is firming up its mission 2019.

Out of the total 147 Assembly seats, the BJD had won on 116 in the 2014 state elections, while BJP could bag just 10, coming at the third position behind Congress which had won on 16 seats, something that the party plans to dramatically change in the 2019 polls under Dharmendra Pradhan. And, Sunday evening, when Modi would touch down in the diamond city of Surat in Gujarat, the sentiment was likely to be no different. Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik's 40-feet-long artwork at the venue Janta Maidan in Bhubaneswar. "It is an important meet". "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. In Odisha, though, neither at the national Executive Council nor at the massive public rally held in the capital, Bhubaneswar, was there any talk of anything less that self-adulation.

Since then the BJP has been working hard to spread its wings in the state. "It also took no step to order a CBI probe into the multi-crore mining scam in Odisha as recommended by M B Shah commission of enquiry", he said. The air was reverberated with Modi chants by thousands of BJP activists waiting to have his glimpse at the airport. "We will keep people's trust in us".

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Prasad suggested that a reference to Kashmir may be made during the national executive.

During the roadshow, the PM was welcomed by various community organisations, youths and women at welcome points set up every 200 meters along the route.

PM Modi rode a SUV for over 11 kms, standing and waving through its sun-roof as the crowd chanted his name.

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The star of the show was BJP President Amit Shah, the chief strategist of the ruling party's extraordinary victory whom Modi felicitated during the party meet.

State BJP leaders, too, accepted that Panda, who has very good relations with senior BJP leaders, will be a welcome choice for the party.

The party is also wooing the underprivileged sections of the state. In democracy, regional parties have their own strengths and they are with us. "Gratitude to the people for the warmth and enthusiasm", tweeted Modi.

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Powered by a new-found confidence after the poll victory in Uttar Pradesh, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday asked BJP to use the government's achievements over the last three years as a jumping board to take a "long jump" and hasten the pace of economic and social development targeted especially towards the deprived in society.

PM Modi visits Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneshwar