BJP confident of ruling all Northeast states: Amit Shah at NEDA conclave

Posted September 08, 2017

Reiterating his "Mission 120" - winning 120 out of the 147 Assembly seats in Odisha - for the 2019 elections, the BJP President said, "This may look impossible for some people who have grown old".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made a decision to fight the Odisha elections solo, informed its national president Amit Shah on Thursday who is on a three-day tour to Odisha.

Reiterating his claim to grab 120 seats in Odisha in next election, the top saffron leader said the BJP wave is reigning over the country and the trend will come to Odisha very soon.

"NEDA has formed governments in five of the eight north-east states". He said this while addressing a meeting of intellectuals organized by state BJP in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Stating that neither the Congress nor the BJD had any set ideology and ideals, the BJP presidents such parties would be able to take forward the nation.

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

He accused the Biju Janata Dal government in Odisha of not cooperating and thus grounding several projects even though the Centre had allocated over Rs 4 lakh crore.

Replying to a question at a press conference in Bhubaneshwar Shah said, "We can debate democratic values for those who respect democracy". "Enough is enough", he said adding that "the people of Odisha are now disillusioned with BJD rule for the last 17 years and are keen to bring about a change in order to be a part of the development process".

Shah visited the 11th century Lord Lingaraj Temple along with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state BJP president Basant Panda. Free cooking gas connections and bank accounts for all are some of the reformative steps taken by the Narendra Modi government, which the previous government never thought of.