In 2019, however, Patnaik will be heading into the Lok Sabha as well as Assembly polls with a tide of anti-incumbency on several fronts. "Obviously, we have to keep organising public-contact programmes throughout the year", Pathak said. "They are not admitting their defeat and instead blaming EVMs", he said. An impressive show by the BJP in recent local body polls in the state, and infighting within the BJD have boosted its morale.
BJP President Amit Shah is scheduled to address the participants during the day whereas Modi will deliver the address during the concluding session on Sunday.
According to Prasad, Shah said: "Such talks are like not accepting the defeat honestly and dishonouring the Election Commission".
Bhubaneswar, Apr 15 Opposition parties blaming EVMs for their poll loss underlines their desperation and lack of issues against the BJP, its national president Amit Shah said today, noting that EVMs were never questioned when they won. Laying down his ambitious growth plan for the party in south and eastern India, Shah rejected the contention that the saffron surge had reached its peak with its domination of central and west India and maiden wins in states like Assam and Manipur. "The party's best is yet to come and it will come after we have formed governments in each state". Whoever is committed to the leadership of Modi and Amit Shah are welcome.
The BJP is gearing up to begin an intense campaign to build on its gains in Uttar Pradesh while its vanquished rivals are still picking up the pieces. This only will bring BJP's "golden era". Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik explained that he would not be meeting the PM because he was visiting the state for "political work".
Singh said, "I am noticing zeal and vigour in the BJP workers of Odisha".
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Defying the security cordon he even got off his vehicle a couple of times, walked up to people, greeted them and even shook hands with some of them.
He also offered floral tributes to freedom fighters and illustrious sons of the soil on his way to the Raj Bhavan.
The Prime Minister, earlier, held a roadshow in the state capital ahead of the meeting. "Modi", "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Bande Mataram".
The BJP 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.
"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".
An exhibition was inaugurated at the venue of the national executive committee (NEC) meeting of BJP at Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.