'Don't get carried away and make untoward remarks': Modi to partymen

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Eyeing 2019, BJP to hold national executive meet in Odisha on Saturday

All the 13 BJP chief ministers, including Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath, their deputies and 45 Union ministers are also attending the meet.

The BJP also challenged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to accept the open challenege of Election Commission to hack EVMs. BJP president Amit Shah is set to return to Odisha to hold booth-level meetings of BJP workers.

Noting that Modi had worked hard and translated his words into action, it said: "The BJP calls upon the people of our country to take a pledge to form a government under the leadership of Narendra Modi in 2019 in order to have the continuity of development and welfare policies for all".

In Saurashtra, Prime Minister will inaugurate phase-1 of the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation project for Botad and surrounding districts and also lay foundation stone for the phase-2.

Launching a scathing attack on both the parties, a day after BJP's national executive meeting, Harichandan said, "If BJD is "Duryodhan" (mythological character) for Odisha, BJP can be described as "Dusashan".

"That sounds like Hitler talking about his 1000-year Reich", said a Congress leader.

"As far as social justice is concerned, our Muslim sisters should also get justice".

"... we have done work which other governments would do in two-three terms", he said.

The BJP, at its national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar, hoped that it would be able to build its prospects in the state in the wake of the anti-incumbency tide against the Biju Janata Dal government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been in power since the last 17 years.

"Modi failed to make his stand clear on the Mahanadi issue, which happens to be the lifeline of Odisha", Harichandan said. Interestingly, the part of the road from where the prime minister's convoy will pass has been decorated with an 11-kilometre-long sari which depicts the various schemes launched by the government.

Making an intervention during the discussion on the motion for granting constitutional status to the national commission for backward classes, the Prime Minister highlighted there are sections among the Muslims, who are backwards, adding that they should be included in the discussion over backward classes.

The Gujarat visit comes close on the heels of the prime minister's trip to Odisha.

'His credibility index among the poor is very high and they have conveyed their true feeling about him in the recent zila panchayat elections where we came close second to the ruling BJD'. Modi asked BJP leaders to reach out to them. Assembly elections in Odisha are due in May 2019 along with the general elections.

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