**Bhubaneswar:** Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah landed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport on Wednesday on a three-day visit to the state to strengthen the party’s position ahead of the upcoming general elections in 2018-2019.
The BJP supremo’s itinerary includes meetings with MPs and MLAs at the State Party Office, State Office Bearers, District President and District Prabharis, followed by a visit to the Lingaraj Temple on Thursday and a press conference and meeting with State Media IT, social media and election management committees.
On the concluding of his visit on Friday, the BJP President would plant saplings and preside over another party meeting and finish off the tour by addressing to the party workers at a mega conclave at Janata Maiden, opposite Swosti Plaza Hotel.
Amit Shah’s Odisha visit is an integral part of a 110-day nationwide tour carried out by the BJP to increase its popularity and gain momentum in the different regions of the country.
Speaking to the media, Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development said, “Our mission is to bring Odisha in the line of progress, which is evident from the mood of the people, that’s why in the seven/eight poorest districts of the country, the BJP has gained full majority at the Zilla Parishad level, which is proof of it. And, this three-day tour will give fresh energy and confidence to the Odisha BJP.”
Reiterating the motive behind Amit Shah’s visit, Sambit Patra, BJP Spokesperson said, “Our President had taken a vow to win 120 seats for the State BJP in the coming general elections. To keep that vow and to boost the confidence of the party workers he has come to Odisha.”