BJP's two-day national executive meet begins in Bhubaneswar

BJP's two-day national executive meet begins in Bhubaneswar

Coming against the backdrop of a massive saffron sweep in Uttar Pradesh besides a decent show in recent bypolls, the meeting of party leaders from across the country is set to fete Modi and Shah's leadership, and project the victories as a popular endorsement of the central government, sources said.

Questioning the Opposition's criticism of EVMs, Amit Shah said it was an "insult to the authority of the Election Commission".

"I don't see any threat from the BJP to my party and government", said the chief minister.

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.

The national executive meeting is being held in Odisha after a gap of 20 years, as part of the strategy of Modi and party president Amit Shah.

BJP chief Amit Shah pays obeisance at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib on the 350th Prakash Utsav or birth anniversary of 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi on Jan 5, 2017. BJP workers are not afraid of violence, Shah said, adding, 'We will meet violence with peace and determination'.

He said all elections since 1998 were held with the use of EVMs.

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"Noting that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will complete three years in office on May 26 and had worked hard during this period, he said: "... we have done work which other governments would do in two-three terms".

"The BJP is yet to reach its peak".

"This is not our peak.We should have our chief minister in every state". Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik explained that he would not be meeting the PM because he was visiting the state for "political work".

As the prime minister's 9 kilometre-long roadshow passed through the main road connecting the airport and the Raj Bhavan, the chants of "Modi". BJP can also perform in the states ruled by regional parties, he noted.

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.

Narendra Modi acknowledges his supporters during a roadshow in Bhubaneswar. He got off the vehicle and walked about half-a-km near Jaidev Vihar to mingle freely with the people before arriving at Janata Maidan, the venue of the two-day national executive.

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