BJP workers welcomed Shah, accompanied by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state BJP chief Basant Panda, in a grand fashion on reaching the temple.
"The demonetisation has not had any negative impact (on economic growth)".
On Wednesday at the intellectual meet in Odisha, the 52-year-old Shah said BJP is a party that was founded and is working on principles. He unveiled BJP's "Mission 120" for Odisha claiming that BJP will come to power in Odisha with two-third majority in the next assembly elections.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the people of the state are "fed up with backwardness, misrule and corruption" during the BJD-rule and are eagerly waiting to have a taste of good governance of the BJP "whose popularity is growing under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".More news: Facebook Stories are Failing: Instagram Stories Come to the Rescue
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BJP has approached the major tribal-based parties of the state - Indigenous People's Front of Twipra (IPFT) and the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) - to join the North East Democratic Alliance (Neda) in a bid to unseat the Left Front government in the upcoming assembly election.
Mounting a scathing attack on Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik without naming him, Shah said; "Getting an award from some magazine doesn't mean development". But we are not getting required support from the State to take up the developmental projects. "As the first step of one-on-one fight, six Trinamool Congress MLAs, along with lakhs of their followers, merged with BJP last month", a BJP leader said.
Replying to a question on whether a change of guard in the Congress would affect the chances of his party in the next elections, Shah said; "Congress is shrinking everywhere in the country". The BJP is planning to contest on all the assembly seats.