Tripura polls: BJP reaches out to tribal parties to fight CPM

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Hours before BJP national president Amit Shah's arrival, Odisha chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had expressed his "doubt" over the saffron party's "Mission 120", an aim to clinch 120 seats in the Assembly polls.

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"The GDP growth came down because a lot of traders cleared their stocks in advance in order to get input tax credit".

Bhubaneswar: BJP national president Amit Shah today blamed the Odisha government and said it is not cooperating with the Centre in undertaking developmental activities for the State. The BJP has just 10 MLAs in the 147-seat Odisha assembly.

Both parties had attended a meeting of the anti-Congress platform called the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which has been floated by the BJP. He also holds meetings with BJP members, office bearers, leaders and intellectuals to hear their problems and discuss the roadmap for the upcoming elections. But we are not getting required support from the State to take up the developmental projects.

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Mr Shah on Wednesday evening said the voices of dissent were never tolerated in the Congress and BJD, and people with enormous potential were always sidelined and suppressed.

Party sources said the names of many leaders expected to be inducted into the government were struck off at the behest of Shah as he wanted them to play key roles in the organisation to implement his strategy for 2019.

"Surgical strike speaks of the strong political will of the Modi government. The development was halted during the Congress government", Shah added.

He further criticised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for celebrating his best administrator award given by news magazine.

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