Bhubaneswar, July 5: Launching a three-day campaign ‘Mo Booth Sabuthu Majboot’ programme,” in Ganjam district, BJP President Amit Shah’s three-day tour to Odisha was kicked off on Tuesday. He expressed the confidence saying that "BJP will form the government in Odisha in 2019 elections."
Addressing a series of meetings in Ganjam, Shah said his party's popularity in Odisha was growing fast as the state remained "backwards and poor", despite the "substantial" assistance from the NDA government at the Centre. Further Amit Shah said that his party was going strong in Odisha and it will form the government after the 2019 Assembly election with an absolute majority.
"People will bring about a change. It is not merely for a change of government, ministers or MLAs. Change is needed to alter the system of administration and to steer the state on the path of development," the BJP Chief said.
The BJP president also attended booth level programmes at Hugulapeta and other places. He also addressed members of party booth committees of Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal at Berhampur.
Affirming the Narendra Modi government's commitment to Odisha's development, Shah said the volume of Centre's assistance to the state had registered a "steep increase" in the three years of the NDA rule. However, the benefits of the assistance were not reaching the people due to the state government's "failure to perform", he said.
The people of Odisha are yet to get electricity and drinking water even after 17 years of BJD rule, the BJP chief said. Unemployment among the educated in the state is growing alarmingly, while toilets are still a ‘distant dream’ for the people in the villages, Shah said.
Only 22% households in the state have toilet facilities, while 35% families are yet to get electricity, the BJP President said.
Claiming that if BJP was voted to power, Odisha would be "transformed into advanced states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where the saffron party is in power", Shah said unemployment and poverty would disappear from the state.
He said he had been an "active" BJP worker for 35 years and thus, was aware of the "ground realities" in Odisha.
He said he was "confident" of the party's victory in the next Assembly election in 2019. "We are confident of changing the government in Odisha in 2019 elections," Shah said.
During the second week of April, the BJP party held its National Executive Meeting which discussed establishing Saffron in Odisha and accomplishing the demands of the people. Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled States and Union Ministers will be visiting different districts of Odisha as part of the nation-wide ‘Modi Fest’ to mark the party’s third anniversary at the Centre.
Meanwhile, Amit Shah reached Jajpur in Odisha and took the blessings of Maa Durga.