Bhubaneswar: BJP President Amit Shah said his party’s golden period will begin only after when it will form governments in Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Kerala.
The BJP Chief expressed confidence that his party will come to power in Odisha in 2019 while addressing media soon after his party produced a stunning performance in in the Assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya on Saturday.
After the verdict given by the northeastern states, the BJP is now eyeing Odisha, West Bengal, and Kerala. Shah said, “The golden period will start once the BJP forms the government in these states.”
Confident of forming the government in Tripura, Shah congratulated his party workers for their work which has translated into a huge number of votes.
“It is a day of joy for me and crores of BJP workers. The victory of the BJP is important in many ways….It is an endorsement of the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the people of the Northeast,” he told a press conference in New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the BJD was quick to react to Saha’s claim and termed the BJP Chief is going “over confident”.
“Amit Saha had confidently told that his party will win the Bijepur by-elections but nothing like that happened. Therefore, there is no chance that BJP will come to power in 2019 elections in the State because there is no alternative to Naveen Patnaik yet here,” said BJD Vice-President and senior Minister Surya Narayan Patro.
Worth mentioning, BJD won Bijepur bypoll in Bargarh district defeating BJP by over 41,000 votes.
BJD candidate Rita Sahu garnered 102,871 votes piping her nearest rival Ashok Panigrahi from BJP by 41,933 votes.
On the otherhand, the BJP has ended a two-decade run of the Manik Sarkar government in Tripura and is heading for a comfortable victory in the state assembly elections.
The BJP and its new regional partner Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party or NDPP have also pulled ahead in Nagaland and will form government if they hold on to current leads.
In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress is leading but could fall short of a majority and is scrambling to try and ensure that the BJP does not manage to gather regional allies for a post-poll alliance to form government