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Regional parties not invincible: BJP President Shah

 BJP president Amit Shah today said his party, by winning Uttar Pradesh elections, has demolished the myth that regional parties are invincible and expressed optimism to repeat the performance in Odisha too.

Shah, while addressing BJP National Executive meeting here, came down heavily on the State government which is headed by BJD, also a regional party. Mis-governance of Naveen Patnaik government has added to the miseries of the people in the State, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said quoting Shah while briefing reporters after inauguration of the two-day National Executive meet here.

"The party president has directly named chief minister Naveen Patnaik and his government while criticizing it for its non-performance," Prasad said adding the people of Odisha have been deprived up of basic amenities like drinking water, electricity and sanitation. Shah, in his speech, pointed out that while 14 per cent people in Odisha are denied safe drinking water, 22 per cent lack toilet and 41 per cent of the population do not get quality power. This apart, the 46 per cent of the State's population live below the poverty line (BPL), Shah said.
Prasad said Shah suggested the partymen to go to the people highlighting failure of the BJD regime. "The Centre has given adequate funds through different means and the 14th Finance Commission has allocated good amount of money. If the State government does not make proper utilisation of the funds, it is state's failure. We need to take this approach of the State government to the people," Shah said. Stating that the people of Odisha wanted to get rid of the BJD government, Shah said his party has demolished the myth that the regional parties could not be defeated by BJP winning the polls in Uttar Pradesh, according to Prasad.
Referring to Patnaik, who has been carrying forward his father Biju Patnaik's legacy, Shah also said the people of Uttar Pradesh have also rejected family politics, caste politics and also non-performing government in the State. Admitting that BJP was earlier weak in Odisha, Prasad said the situation has changed during last three years. "We are now number two party in Odisha after pushing the Congress to third position in the local body elections,"  Shah said. Asking party men in Odisha not to rest till next general elections in 2019, Shah said: "We were also weak in north eastern states like Assam and Manipur. But, BJP formed governments in these two states. We will also win Odisha," Shah told the national executive meeting. Prasad said Shah also thanked the people of Odisha for backing BJP in a big way in recent Panchayat polls and according an "unprecedented" welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival here.
EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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