Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will be on a one-day visit to Odisha on July 1 to review organizational activity of the party in the state, informed BJP state unit general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan today.
The visit is considered significant ahead of the elections, which is due few months. The visit assumes significance in the backdrop of the fact that the BJP has made no secret of its desire to obtain power in Odisha and neighbouring state West Bengal in 2019.
Shah is expected to take feedback from the BJP leaders about the poll preparations in the state and to make strategy for 2019 general elections, sources in the party said.
Launching the impossible Mission 120+ target in September last year to win more than 120 seats in a House of 147, Shah had given a clarion call to the party to oust the Naveen Patnaik Government which is in power for four times in a row.
There are also some unconfirmed reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also visit Odisha before Shah’s visit to inaugurate Jharsuguda Airport. However, the schedule has not been finalized.
Modi had visited the state on May 26 and Shah on April 4 this year.