Amit Shah Met Sculptor Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra

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Bhubaneswar: BJP President Amit Shah met sculptor Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra in Bhubaneswar, earlier today, as a part of party’s ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ initiative. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was also present.

Earlier, in a stinging attack on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, BJP president Amit Shah today asked him to quit for not been able to develop the state despite completing 18 years in office and receiving over Rs 4 lakh crore funds from the Centre.

Shah was addressing a micro-management group – Shakti Kendra- comprising BJP functionaries from gram panchayats. He said the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has so far pumped in Rs 4 lakh crore, including Rs 2.11 lakh crore grant, to Odisha but the BJD regime failed to utilise it.

Stating that the central government has taken up many initiatives to develop Odisha, the BJP chief said the objectives are yet to be fulfilled as the state has failed to implement different programmes and projects in a proper manner.

Shah, who is here to chalk out a master plan to achieve BJP’s target of securing over 120 of the 147 Assembly seats in Odisha in the 2019 polls, said a large number of people are still deprived of electricity connection and safe drinking water, even as Patnaik completed 18 years in office.

The BJP chief exuded confidence that the party would sweep the Odisha Assembly polls in view of the “dismal” performance of the BJD government, and riding on the achievements of the central government.

“With such energy and enthusiasm among @BJP4Odisha karyakartas, BJP is all set to sweep Odisha in 2019 under the leadership of PM@Narendra Modi,” he said in a tweet.

Shah asked panchayat-level BJP leaders to visit each and every household in their jurisdiction in the next 15 days, describing them as the party’s “real energy”.

“The people in villages should realise that the state government has failed them as well as the state,” he told the panchayat-level leaders from 21 Assembly segments, spread over three Lok Sabha segments of Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Stating that the saffron party has moved ahead a lot in the state, he said the progress made within four years “indicated that the BJP will form the next government in Odisha”.

Shah also raised the issue of missing keys of Lord Jagannath’s ‘Ratna Bhandar’. “If a government cannot safeguard the religious sentiments of the people, how can it protect the interest of the masses?” he asked.

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