The two-day BJP national executive meeting begins here today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah expected to underline strategy for a big saffron push in states like Odisha where it has traditionally been weak.
However, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to skip the meet on health grounds, Union Minister Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
Here is the recap:
Click to read | Kalinga War: Why This Buzz About BJP in Odisha
Delhi's political circles are abuzz about BJP's chances in two eastern states - West Bengal and Odisha - after the party's spectacular win in Uttar Pradesh.
Click to read | PM Modi'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.
Click to read: BJP Meet in Odisha: After Congress Rout, PM Aims for Opposition-mukt East India
The importance of Odisha in BJP's strategy for 2019 can be gauged from the fact that the party has started calling it the 'epicentre of eastern India politics'.
The saffron party is leaving nothing to chance and has started out early as both general and Assembly polls in Odisha are due in 2019. BJP has already become the primary opposition in Odisha after the local body polls in February, where it emerged as a close second after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal
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