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Golden Era is Yet to Dawn: Amit Shah's Message at Odisha Meet

BJP President Amit Shah has hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the most popular political leader in post-independence India.

Sumit Pande | CNN-News18

Updated:April 16, 2017, 7:25 AM IST
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Golden Era is Yet to Dawn: Amit Shah's Message at Odisha Meet
BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday cautioned party leaders against complacency, saying it is yet to reach the peak as he rolled out plans for its expansion in states where it has been traditionally weak. (Photo: CNN-News18 TV grab)

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah has hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the most popular political leader in post-independence India. Shah made these comments in his inaugural address at the beginning of the two-day BJP National Executive in Bhubaneswar.

This is the second time within a span of one week that BJP has used this phrase to describe Prime Minister and his public image in the backdrop of massive mandate received by the party in the recently concluded Assembly polls.

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The joint statement released by the NDA partners after a meeting in Delhi in the last week of the monsoon session of Parliament had also termed PM Modi as the ' most popular leader after Independence'.

In May this year, NDA-led government at the Centre will complete three years of its five-year-term in office.

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A large number of people stood along the road as Modi stood on his Range Rover's foot rest with its door open acknowledging the cheering and slogan-chanting masses. (Photo: CNN-News18 TV grab)

After the British left India, Congress at the helm of freedom movement dominated the national polity for many years. The party ruled at the Centre for more than five decades with both Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi serving as PM for more than a decade each.

Interestingly, at meeting of NDA leaders last week, many allies also drew a parallel between PM Modi and Indira Gandhi, comparison between 'pro-poor' images of the two leaders.

At the same time, the Party President in his speech sought party workers to shun any complacency despite having won power in more than a dozen states now.

"The golden era is yet to dawn," he said.

The BJP now plans to further expand its footprint in Kerala, West Bengal and Orissa, the three big states where it did not do well in the last general elections. The idea, it seems, is to win seats here to fill in any deficit that is created in provinces where the party has already peaked in the last general elections - especially in North and Western provinces.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday led a roadshow and mingled with crowds at several places breaking security protocol as he arrived in Bhubaneswar to attend the two-day BJP national executive meeting with saffron expansion in Odisha being its key agenda. (Photo: CNN-News18 TV grab)

All national executive members have been instructed to spend at least a fortnight at the grass roots and interact with booth level workers in the coming days.

"Party President Amit Shah will himself be touring for 75 days till September," senior party leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media.

All this will dovetail with preparations for the next round of Assembly elections in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

More than 2500 volunteers have already enrolled to work full time with the party for the next one year, while more than 1500 have volunteered to devote six months for the party work.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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