Shah Talks To Leaders

With BJP National President Amit Shah started talking to some of the leaders, who are displeased with the present leadership in the State, Odisha In Charge Arun Singh rushed to Bhubaneswar to take up damage control exercise.

Mr.Shah shedding his inhibitions talked to some of the leaders who were peeved with the leadership and Mr.Singh today held marathon meeting to sort out differences.
So there will be some new developments in BJP, feel insiders. However, there seems some ice breaking and issues are being sorted out.
On reaching Bhubaneswar, Mr.Singh was seen very confident and said that the ruling BJD will be wiped out of Odisha politics after 2019 twin polls beginning from April 11 in the state.
Mr.Singh said "The countdown of the Naveen Patnaik government has already started. The ruling BJD has become unpopular. And there is huge anti-incumbency against the state government. This will ensure BJD's defeat," Singh told reporters here.
Mr.Singh's statement is significant as a day before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had claimed that his party will perform "very well" in the elections for Lok Sabha and State Assembly.
Mr.Patnaik's BJD has 118 MLAs in the House of 147 members in Odisha Assembly and its candidates in 2014 elections bagged 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats. However, the BJP on the other hand has only 10 MLAs and one MP.
Claiming that the BJP will form the next government in Odisha, Mr.Singh said that BJD leaders in large number are keen to join the saffron party after realising the fate of the regional party.
"You will see how many BJD and Congress leaders will join the BJP ahead of the elections. BJD will soon witness its leaders leaving the party," Mr.Singh said.He, however, did not divulge name of the BJD leaders who are interested to join the BJP.
"Recently, former BJD MP Baijayant Jay Panda has joined BJP and many others to follow," Mr.Singh said indicating that some senior leaders from the regional party may join the saffron party.

Recently, Paradip MLA and expelled BJD leader Damodar Rout had met the BJP leaders in Delhi and likely to join the saffron party ahead of the polls.
Similarly, ex-Union Minister and former BJD leader Braja Kishore Tripathy may also join the party, Mr.Singh said.
Asked whether the party will take back Bijay Mohapatra and Dilip Ray, Singh without taking their names, said: "They have not quit BJP." Both Mr.Ray and Mr.Mohapatra last year had resigned from the BJP.

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