Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be the number one party in Odisha, the Sangh said education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday. “The party needs to be strengthened. The way we came at number two, we will become the number one party. Everyone needs to wait,” he said while releasing the Odia edition of the book ‘Amit Shah and the BJP’s Journey’ in Bhubaneswar.
The BJP is gearing up to become the top political party of Odisha from the second position as the 2024 general elections in the state approach. BJP has stepped up efforts to improve its performance in the state. Recently, the saffron party held its National Executive Committee meeting in Hyderabad in which senior party leaders prepared a roadmap to add enthusiasm to the party workers. The party organized a two-day meeting to plan its southern expansion, focusing on states with regional party-ruled governments.
“From a party that gets 12-13 per cent votes in Odisha, the BJP now gets between 30 and 38 per cent votes because of PM Modi’s leadership,” Pradhan said.
Former BJP state president Manohar Samal said that the party is preparing for 2024 and the team plans to reorganize from the ground level. Recently, the blueprint of the state executive meeting has been prepared. While Samal said the party is preparing for the final, Pradhan’s remarks have further encouraged the state BJP.
With less than two years to go before the general election, Pradhan’s remarks have stirred a political controversy in Odisha. Both the BJP and the Congress have criticized the remark.
Senior BJD leader and state minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said that the BJD government in the state has been led by CM Naveen Patnaik for a long period of 22 years. People in the state of Odisha have great faith in CM Naveen and BJD. Swain said the party was working for the people in the state.
Similarly, Congress Legislature Party leader Narsingh Mishra said that the BJP is daydreaming. People of Odisha know that BJP and BJD are working as one party. Congress is with the people. “Those who will be with the people, they will vote for them,” Narsingha said.