BJP chief Amit Shah to address public rally at Salipur today

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the crucial general elections, BJP national president Amit Shah will address a public meeting at Kulia in Salipur in Cuttack district on Tuesday. Earlier, Shah’s Cuttack visit scheduled on January 18 was cancelled after he suffered from swine flu and admitted to the AIIMS in New Delhi.

More than 50,000 party workers from Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Jajpur districts are likely to attend the rally.

Before attending the rally, Shah is scheduled to visit Satyabhamapur, the birth place of Madhusudan Das.

Shah’s visit came barely five days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Odisha when he had fiercely attacked the saffron party as well Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The BJP president’s visit assumes significance as he is expected to hit back the Congress president for his allegations made at a public meeting at Tomando near Bhubaneswar on January 25.

Shah will also visit Puri on February 3 to attend the party’s Janjati Morcha national convention. Thousands of representatives of tribal communities, along with the tribal MLAs and MPs from across the country, will join the convention.

Notably, Puri has become the focus for both the opposition BJP and ruling BJD ahead of the crucial general elections due in May. Recently, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended two mega conventions of women and farmers in Puri.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed three public meeting at Khurda on December 24, at Baripada January 5 and Bolangir on January 15. Shah’s proposed visit assumed significance in view of the fast approaching polls.

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