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BJP to go alone in Odisha in 2019: Amit Shah

08 September 2017

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chose to fight the Odisha elections solo, informed its national president Amit Shah on Thursday who is on a three-day tour to Odisha.

"The BJP has set a target to win at least 120 seats in 2019 Assembly elections and we will surely achieve it".

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

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Both parties had attended a meeting of the anti-Congress platform called the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which has been floated by the BJP.

Reiterating his "Mission 120" - winning 120 out of the 147 Assembly seats in Odisha - for the 2019 elections, the BJP President said, "This may look impossible for some people who have grown old".

The BJP Starwalt also hit out at chief minister Naveen Patnaik for celebrating an award given by a news magazine to him.

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Shah visited the 11th century Lord Lingaraj Temple along with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state BJP president Basant Panda. But, we are not getting the state's required support to take up the developmental projects.

Shah advised the party leaders to highlight the pro-poor programmes of the Centre and how the State has benefited during the last three years of its governance. He said Congress once ruled from panchayat to Parliament, but it later failed the people of India. "The Modi Government and the BJP have worked upon throwing out killer groups from the North East, while Bangladesh lands boundary agreement has been a success, because after the agreement, the North East has got direction", Shah said.

Another source from the INPT claimed that they have received proposal from Congress to form alliance, but the party rejected the proposal due to the party's bad situation and eyeing the growth of BJP.

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BJP to go alone in Odisha in 2019: Amit Shah