PM's Vision for East & BJP's Expansion Plan Are in Sync: Dharmendra Pradhan
In an exclusive interview with CNN-News18's Marya Shakil, Dharmendra Pradhan says his party has ‘special plans’ for not only Odisha but all eastern states and any opposition leader who is ready to commit to the leadership of Narendra Modi is welcome to join BJP.
Bharatiya Janata Party is set to enter Odisha in a big way. The party’s national executive meet in Bhubaneswar this weekend is a clear sign of the things to come. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who has earned the image of an able administrator over the past three years, is the organiser of the event. In an exclusive interview with CNN-News18's Marya Shakil, Pradhan says his party has ‘special plans’ for not only Odisha but all eastern states and any opposition leader who is ready to commit to the leadership of Narendra Modi is welcome to join BJP.
Everyone is curious about the timing and location of the BJP’s national executive meet. Why Bhubaneswar, and why now?
BJP already seems in campaign mode in Odisha and West Bengal. What are your plans ahead of 2019?
Will we see a repeat of Uttarakhand strategy, wherein Congress leaders joined BJP? Will you reach out to leaders in Biju Janata Dal?
Naveen Patnaik had supported the demonetisation drive. Don’t you think that your expansion plans in Odisha will impact the upcoming Presidential elections?
Presidential elections are a completely different ballgame. I am hopeful that we are a mature democracy and this will have no impact on Presidential elections. NDA can comfortably choose the next President.
Some are saying the time has come for a President from tribal background. What is you take?
This is not my area. The party’s growth and expansion plans shouldn’t be linked to the Presidential elections.
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