Bhubaneswar: PM Modi receives rockstar reception as admirers throng streets

Posted April 16, 2017

Shah wondered if the UPA had not won in 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls when EVMs were used or if the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP had swept the Delhi assembly polls in 2015 due to use of ballot papers.

The two-day BJP National Executive meeting began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah.

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).

Odisha has emerged as a focus area for the top two leaders, particularly after the BJP's big strides in state rural polls this February pleasantly surprised them.

Minister Prasad said BJP chief Amit Shah said this at BJP National Executive Meet.

Mr. Shah's appeal came during his inaugural address to the party's national executive meeting in Bhubhaneswar, the capital of Odisha, a State that seems to be next on the party's acquisition list. "Among the excuses, EVMs are being discussed", Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted Amit Shah as saying during his presidential speech.

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The Prime Minister will also visit the Sri Lingaraj temple to offer prayers, according to state BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma.

Singh said, "I am noticing zeal and vigour in the BJP workers of Odisha". "Party leaders should not be lazy and keep working hard", he said.

The city saw another road-show on 15 April, with Modi's arrival. In 2017, they said the BJP has appeared to have reached its peak.

After successfully conquering northern, central and western states, the party is planning to give a major push in eastern states like Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana, where it has been weak, traditionally, so far. "The Naveen Patnaik government has failed to provide basic amenities to the people in the state", he said. The upbeat mood was all the more palpable because of surprise performance in Odisha panchayat polls in which the party dislodged Congress as the principal challenger to the ruling BJD.

As the Prime Minister's 9 km-long roadshow passed through the main road connecting the airport and the Raj Bhavan, the air was rent with the chants of "Modi".

On his way to the Governor's House, Modi enthusiastically waved hands at people who had gathered at roadside to have a glimpse of the PM. Never in the BJP history, the national executive had so many people in power.