Modi pitches for justice to Muslim women

Modi's roadshow in the Odisha capital is critical to BJP's plan to form the next government in 2019 elections and also extend the saffron surge in other eastern and southern states.

The BJP has also disproved the claims that it can defeat the Congress but not strong regional parties by routing the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party in UT, he said.

"Today, our responsibility is not just winning elections and strengthening our party, but also bring about a positive change in the country's politics", BJP president Amit Shah said in his concluding speech at the party's National Executive meet in Bhubaneswar.

As Modi came to his home state for the first time after the BJP's resounding victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the state party unit made every effort to welcome him in grand style in Surat, which has a sizable population of Patels and had witnessed large-scale violence during the quota agitation in 2015.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari quoted the PM as saying in the meeting: "Our Muslim sisters should also get justice". Indeed, this point in BJP's his-tory could be seen as its peak.

He called upon party's rank and file to make BJP's win sustainable.

State BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty said he was simply "stunned" by the crowd response to the rally.

Taking jibes at the Opposition, Modi questioned the political sustainability of issues such as church attacks that surfaced during the last Delhi Assembly elections and "Award Vapsi" that he said was used to target the BJP during the Bihar elections.

Targeting the opposition for questioning EVMs, Shah said despite making excuses these parties should have honestly introspected the reasons.

"Such talks are not only about accepting defeat honestly but to dishonour the Election Commission", he said.

"We should take lessons from the prime minister". It has a government at the Centre and 13 chief ministers. Why don't he (Kejriwal) and hack it. Shah will embark on a 95-day whirlwind tour to connect with the party cadre.

The BJP national president said he would spend three days in Kerala as part of the organisational expansion drive.

It was unfortunate that the BJP is being targeted at Dharmadom in Kannur, represented by chief minister Pinarayi Vjayan. "The people in Odisha want change from the incumbent government, which is in power since 2000".

The government seeks to present before the present and future generations the sacrifices made by the tribal communities in the country's freedom struggle, he said at a function organised at the Raj Bhavan here.

Pradhan's father, Debendra Pradhan, was also a BJP MP from Deogarh, Odisha, and served as a minister of state in the 1999 A.B. Vajpayee Cabinet.

Modi, who was clad in all white, beamed and waved at the people gathered on both sides of the road for a glimpse with lotus flowers in their hands.

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