Shah said the National Executive of the party took place in Bhubaneswar at a time when political analysts and critics were being forced to acknowledge the BJP's meteoric rise in Indian politics.
Arun Jaitley, PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and LK Advani at BJP's national executive meeting. At its peak, the Patidar agitation had taken Surat in its grip; in September 2016, National BJP President Amit Shah and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani were forced to cut short their speeches and leave the dais by Patidars who had sneaked into the venue. Odisha BJP chief Basanta Panda claimed that his road show will herald a "new era of politics" in the State, hopeful that his party, always a marginal force in this eastern State, will emerge as the key challenger to the ruling BJD by the time next Lok Sabha and Assembly polls arrive in 2019.
"In the last three years Modi ji attended programmes in atleast 300 district headquarters across the country", the BJP president pointed out.
Briefing reporters, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the BJP maintained its over 40 per cent vote share in Uttar Pradesh even after nearly three years of the central government when anti-incumbency often sets in.
"We should work for BJP rule from panchayat to Parliament, at every level of governance".
Today the 11 kilometre long road show turned out to be a mega outreach for Modi in the election year as the BJP has chose to project him as its face during the state assembly polls, slated later this year.
"Apart from the road show Modi will also visit the Sri Lingaraj temple to offer prayers", state BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma told IANS. Shah will embark on a 95-day whirlwind tour to connect with the party cadre.
Shah also hit out at opposition parties for questioning EVMs and said that blaming EVMs is disrespecting the Election Commission.
"They can be posted anywhere in the country besides their home state", he said.
The intent of the party to expand into newer areas can be gauged from the fact that it is nearly after two decades that the BJP has organised a national executive meeting in Odisha.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed.
"People want Modi as their prime minister in 2019 also".
An 11-km-long synthetic saree covering the entire stretch depicting schemes launched by the Modi government was displayed along the entire route.
Many BJP leaders have been accused of making provocative statements following the party s recent win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections.
Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were not seen at the airport to welcome the Prime Minister as his visit was "non-official" and political in nature, said the government sources.