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BJP hopeful of winning Odisha in 2019

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

Enthused by its resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh, the (BJP) is quite confident that it would come to power in Odisha, where it has never been in a commanding position despite being an ally of the ruling coalition for nine years.

The BJP, at its national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar, hoped that it would be able to build its prospects in the state in the wake of the anti-incumbency tide against the Biju government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been in power since the last 17 years.

president Amit Shah has given a clear signal in the executive meeting that the party would work relentlessly to grab the eastern state in the 2019 elections.

"The people in want change from the incumbent government, which is in power since 2000. The Naveen Patnaik government has failed to provide basic amenities to the people in the state," said senior leader and Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad.

What boosted the party's prospects is the recently concluded panchayat polls, where the emerged second, relegating the to third position.

"We were weak in But, our workers fought relentlessly and we came to second position in the panchayat polls. Amit Shahji has asked the party workers to work harder and we will continue our work in the coming days as well," said Prasad.

The party's stunning victory in the assembly elections has boosted the morale of the party - that it can defeat regional parties as well.

"has proved political observers wrong. Political pundits used to say that can overcome Congress, but it puts up a poor showing before regional parties. But the assembly election results have changed that perception," Prasad said.

When the unfurled the saffron flag in many parts of the country in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, was among the few states that remained untouched by the charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The saffron party could only get one Lok Sabha seat out of 21 in while the ruling BJD grabbed 20 seats. It managed to get only 10 seats out of 147 in the state Assembly.

The hopes that the situation has changed in the last three years and it can ride on the Narendra Modi wave to taste success in the 2019 polls.

"People in understand that there has been no development under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik. Amit Shah, during his address at the executive meeting, maintained that the government is yet to provide safe drinking water to 86 per cent people and electricity to 41 per cent," Sambit Patra, national spokesperson, quoted Shah as saying.



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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 22:16 IST