Following its impressive performance in local body elections in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to hold its National Executive Meeting in Bhubaneswar on April 15 and 16 to make further inroads into the state.
Right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states, all central ministers and senior leaders of the party will be present in this meeting.
The BJP decided to hold this national executive meet after its remarkable showing in local body polls.
TIME PERFECT FOR BJP TO EXPAND BASE
The party is of the view that this is the perfect time to consolidate its base in the state if it wants to win the next assembly election in Odisha and boost its chances for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
At present, the BJP has 10 MLAs as well as one Lok Sabha MP from Odisha. The party feels that with the momentum going its favour following its big wins in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and success in Manipur and Goa, the time is opportune for the party to think of expanding its reach in Odisha.
Last week in the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha meeting of the RSS, the possibility of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls witnessing opposition parties coming together to fight against the BJP was discussed. Therefore, the RSS feels that the BJP should start preparing for 2019 straightaway.
Odisha is among the many states where the BJP doesn't have a strong presence and this is why the RSS and the party are pushing hard to gain a stronger foothold.