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BJP mulls 'Grand Alliance' for Meghalaya and Tripura elections

08 September 2017

"Northeast's development is the government's first priority".

Shah is also planning to visit Meghalaya as the party is keen to put its best foot forward in the three poll bound north-east states of Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

"Please tell me who will be Congress president after Sonia Gandhi?".

He said the BJP's impressive performance in over seven backward and poor districts in the last rural polls earlier this year in the state showed the people's growing support for the party. Though there are many talented people in these parties, they are sidelined because they do not come from any particular political dynasty.

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Summary: BHUBANESWAR: Breaking silence over the number game predicted by various parties ahead of the forthcoming assembly election, BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday expresses doubt over BJP's claim of bagging 120 seats. "This is not possible because there is internal democracy in the BJP". The party believes it is on track to take on the ruling BJD, which has been in power since 2000 under Naveen Patnaik, and could win 120 of the 147 Assembly seats.

On the question of whether Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the Chief Ministerial candidate of the party in Odisha, Shah said the party hasn't decided on any candidate yet.

Criticising Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for celebrating an award given by a news magazine to him, Shah said an award can not take the state forward when the government was involved in corruption.

Shah will review the progress of "Mo Booth Sabuthu Majboot", "Sankalp ru Siddhi" and "Nutan Odisha Nirman" programmes launched to strengthen the party, said Panda. The irony is the chief minister has failed to learn Odia in such a long period, he said.

BJP mulls 'Grand Alliance' for Meghalaya and Tripura elections