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. By holding the national executive meeting in Biju Janata Dal stronghold, the BJP has sent a strong political signal.
In a first, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the BJP top brass a clear party line when dealing with sensitive issue of Triple Talaq.
"The BJP is yet to reach its peak".
In most of the hoardings and banners Modi and party chief Amit Shah figure prominently, while in some Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Juel Oram - who hail from the state - also find place. Nearly three decades after Patnaik made this statement, the BJP is signing pan-India.
The party's gold era, he said, will coincide with India's golden era and it will emerge as a great nation in the world. "But for the remaining two policies, the Prime Minister said that we need to work honestly, as our policies have given faith to the people", he added. Stating that BJP has forgotten its poll promise of 2004, he said the prime minister should have declared "special category state status" for Odisha and a special financial package on the pattern doled out to Bihar.
BJP's two-day national executive meet in Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar concluded today with resoultion to take party policy and programme across the country.
He promised to work hard himself and announced that by September, he would have spent 95 days travelling in the country's different regions, particularly in areas where the BJP is weak, to interact with booth-level party workers.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed. Odisha will be going for assembly elections next year, and so far has remained immune to BJP's overtures.
Later, BJD leaders took a dig at the BJP-led government at the Centre for ignoring the genuine demands of the state.
The party has been encouraged by its performance in the recently-concluded panchayat polls, where it emerged second, relegating the Congress to the third position.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik before the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi.
India is a rich country with poor people, Modi said, and blamed corruption and "visionless governments" of the past for its current condition.
It was nearly a 9-km long road show starting from the city airport to the Raj Bhawan and then to the executive meeting venue Modi, who was clad in all white, beamed and waved atthe people gathered on both sides of the road for a glimpse with lotus flowers in their hands.