Amit Shah arrives in Odisha to strengthen BJP grassroots

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Shah visited the 11th century Lord Lingaraj Temple along with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state BJP president Basant Panda.

"The demonetisation has not had any negative impact (on economic growth)". So, during his Odisha visit, he would be discussing with BJP leaders, MLAs and workers the strategies for achieving the party's target of winning 120 seats.

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Talking about the success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in implementing the North-East Democratic Alliance or NEDA, party president Amit Shah said that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government that has been successful in establishing this political coalition.

Odisha BJP in-charge Arun Singh claimed the party will win 120 of the 147 seats in Odisha while the BJD, Congress and others will share the remaining seats among themselves.

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The question regarding beef ban came up during a presentation by the Sikkim government as the state is the first in the north east to ban all kinds of cow slaughter with a punishment of minimum two years imprisonment, NDTV reported. "But, only the BJP and Communist parties have internal democracy which is not found anywhere else including the Congress and BJD", Shah said addressing a meeting with intellectuals here. But we are not getting required support from the State to take up the developmental projects. The meeting is assumed to be significant, as BJP got a boost after merger of all front liners of Trinamool Congress last months.

He further criticised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for celebrating his best administrator award given by news magazine.

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To defend the country we can go to any limit just like we conducted Surgical Strikes, added Shah. The BJP is planning to contest on all the assembly seats.

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