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BJP to contest Odisha polls alone, says Amit Shah

Shah is on a three-day visit to Odisha to galvanise party workers for the 2019 assembly polls

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

Amit Shah
BJP national president Amit Shah during a press conference in Bhubaneswar. Photo: PTI

(BJP) president on Thursday said his party would fight the 2019 assembly polls in alone and get over 120 of the 147 seats.

"The will have no alliance for the assembly but come to power in with two third majority," Shah told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

He said it was yet to be decided on who would lead the state in the next assembly

"Some think it is impossible to get 120 seats and form the government in But, let me tell you they (political rivals) have grown old whereas the has young leadership," Shah said.

"A wave is blowing across the country and it will come to very soon," the chief said while pointing out that the party formed a government in Manipur in 2017 while it did not win a single seat in the last assembly in the north-eastern state.

Criticising Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for celebrating an award given by a news magazine to him, Shah said an award cannot take the state forward when the government was involved in corruption.

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

"Works of around Rs 4 lakh crore have been declared by the Centre for But, we are not getting the state's required support to take up the developmental projects. In comparison to other states, is far behind despite central support," Shah said.

He said the people associated closely with the government were involved in multi-crore chit fund and mining scams.

On the Mahanadi water dispute between and Chhattisgarh, he said the process was on to constitute a tribunal to resolve the issue and assured that the Centre would not allow to be deprived of the river water.

"The Modi government has made several provisions for the uplift of poor Dalits and backward classes. 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. Development was halted during the Congress rule," the president added.

Shah is on a three-day visit to to galvanise party workers for the 2019 assembly polls. The has just 10 MLAs in the assembly.

First Published: Thu, September 07 2017. 17:43 IST