Blaming EVMs for poll defeat is like disrespecting Election Commission: Amit Shah

Aaron Brown
April 16, 2017

Traffic and security arrangements have been bolstered before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP national leaders to attend the party's two-day national executive meeting here on Saturday and Sunday.

According to Prasad, Amit Shah said that opposition parties were looking for excuses for their defeat and questioning electronic voting machines was disrespectful and defaming the Election Commission.

Around 300 BJP leaders, including party President Amit Shah, apart from Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states, have already arrived in the city.

Urging party workers "not to be lethargic" after stunning victories in recently-concluded assembly polls, Prasad also said that the BJP chief would tour, for 95 days, different parts of the country till September.

"Political pundits used to say that BJP can overcome Congress, but it puts up a poor showing before regional parties". Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides Shah himself are likely to give a call for pushing the party's expansion in the new territories.

The National Executive has been organised at a time when the BJP is going all-out in its efforts to storm to power in the eastern state. Whoever is committed to the leadership of Modi and Amit Shah are welcome.

"We will also win Odisha", Shah said at the meeting.

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He said all elections since 1998 were held with the use of EVMs.

BJP leaders said they want to turn Modi's welcome and road show into an event Bhubaneswar has not seen before. "The party's best is yet to come and it will come after we have formed governments in each state".

All 13 BJP Chief Ministers, including Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath, their deputies and 45 Union ministers are also attending the meet to prepare a roadmap for the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in 2019. After the recent UP victory also, they are saying that the BJP has reached its peak.

The governments of West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura came in for criticism from Mr. Shah over what he termed as attacks on his party workers.

The people of UP rejected family politics, caste politics and a "non-performing" government, he said referring to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has been carrying forward his father Biju Patnaik's legacy.

Modi, who was clad in all white, beamed and waved at the people gathered on both sides of the road for a glimpse with lotus flowers in their hands.

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