BJP will form govt in Odisha with 2/3 majority: Shah

Berhampur: BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday lashed out at the BJD government over ‘underdevelopment’ and said his party would form the next government in Odisha with two-thirds majority.

“Since I work from the booth level, I know the grassroots situation. Basing on that assessment, I can say that BJP will form the next government in Odisha with two-third majority in 2019,” said Shah while addressing a gathering at Hugulapata village in Ganjam district.

Addressing a BJP meeting in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s home district Ganjam, Shah said Odisha had remained “backwards and poor”, despite the “substantial” assistance from the NDA government at the Centre.

“There is no electricity to every household in Odisha, no drinking water, no toilet and no employment to people. What is the state government doing? Why there is no development in the state?” asked the BJP president.

He said Odisha has received more fund in Narendra Modi government in last three years than last 25 years.

He alleged that the benefits of the assistance were not reaching the people due to the state government’s “failure to perform”

The BJP president, who is on a three-day visit to Odisha, will visit Jajpur district on Wednesday. He will be in Jajpur on Wednesday to offers prayer at the historical Biraja Temple and address the booth level workers.

Shah is slated to meet BJP Zilla Parishad (ZP) members, block presidents and vice-presidents in Khurda district on July 6.

He will also meet the senior party leaders during his stay in the state to plan strategies for the 2019 polls.