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BJP President Amit Shah eats food at local's house

BJP President Amit Shah eats food at local's house

As Amit Shah begins his three-day grassroots connect exercise in the state on Tuesday, the political circle is agog to find out how chief minister Naveen Patnaik's home district Ganjam greets the saffron party boss on the first day. BJP president is on Odisha's tour to strengthen the party preparations for the 2019 general elections.

"Since I work at the booth level, I know the grassroots' situation". In 2014, the BJD won all 13 assembly segments in Ganjam, home district of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, besides all seven assembly seats in Jajpur and seven out of eight MLA seats in Khurda. There is still no electricity, water, and toilets in households. Claiming that if the BJP was voted to power, Odisha would be "transformed into an advanced state like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh", where the party was in power, Shah said unemployment and poverty would disappear from the state. Asserting the Narendra Modi government's commitment to Odisha's development, Shah said the Centre's assistance to the state had registered a "steep increase" in the three years of the NDA rule. He also said 36,000 election booths in Odisha would be strengthened in the coming days.

He was accompanied by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, State BJP President Basant Panda, Vice President Sameer Mohanty and scores of other party workers.

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An interesting feature of Shaha's agenda included having lunch or dinner with "dalit" or "adivasi"(tribal) families.

Mr Shah is also scheduled to visit Jajpur district on Wednesday. On July 6, he is slated to attend similar programmes in Khurda district. He then plans to meet other officers of the party, in order to make strategies for 2019 assembly poll.


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