Bhubaneswar, Apr 7 (PTI) BJP today rejected allegations that it was attempting to break the ruling BJD in Odisha to pave the way to power in the state in the 2019 election.
“The BJP does not believe in breaking. We believe in making things on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here.
BJD MP and the party’s whip in Lok Sabha Tathagat Satpathy in a recent Twitter post had alleged that the BJP was trying to split the regional party (BJD) on the lines of AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.
Patra along with BJP national media in-charge Anil Balooni was in the city to attend the preparedness meeting for the party’s upcoming two-day National Executive Meeting here from April 15.
Stating that the result of the state panchayat poll, held earlier this year, was an indicator for the 2019 general elections, Patra said “Lotus will bloom at the feet of Lord Jagannath in 2019 elections and BJP will come to power in Odisha.”
“There will be Nabakalebara (change of body) in Odisha and developmental programmes will be executed under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
Claiming that the people of Odisha have been deprived of developmental activities in the last 17 years of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s rule, Patra said even people in rural areas do not get safe drinking water.
Referring to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election result, the BJP spokesman said many people had expressed doubts about BJP’s performance before it. But the party won an unprecedented number of seats and proved all poll pundits wrong, he said.
“The 2019 election results in Odisha will also go on a similar line,” Patra said.
“Now, people of the state want the development under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and through the strategy of (BJP president) Amit Shah,” he said.
He called upon the people to support Modi and BJP to build a new Odisha in 2019. “Odisha needs Narendra Modi.” Balooni claimed that there is a “positive vibration” in the country and in Odisha, and it was in favour of the Prime Minister.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.