Bhubaneswar, April 15: The BJP’s National Executive meeting kicked off in Bhubaneswar yesterday which was presided by the BJP President Amit Shah. This meeting is going to discuss the strategy to build its strength in Odisha ahead of the two crucial polls of 2019 general and state elections. The meeting is being held for the first time after the recent assembly elections in five states.Around 350 party members, including senior leaders such as LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union ministers and chief ministers of 13 BJP-governed states are expected to be present during the meet. BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav told news agency ANI,"We are going to discuss the strategy for 2019 general & state elections. It's an important meet." He said, "We have performed very well in Odisha & our karyakartas requested us, that's why we are conducting the meet here."
While BJP office-bearers are finalizing the agenda of the executive meeting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the evening to attend the meet. PM Narendra Modi will make his concluding remarks on Sunday afternoon in the two-day national executive meet in the Odisha capital, they will have too many things to boast as achievements of the party and of the government and give some very strong talking points to the assembled party leaders.
Odisha is also important for the party in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, though it has only 21 seats, BJP sources said. Echoing the similar views Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that “A financial daily had conducted a survey in which Odisha ranked among the top three states where Modi’s credibility was the highest. We will build on this and will be the natural choice for forming a government in 2019,” Pradhan said.