Shah Clears Air, Says No Pact with BJD

BJP president’s clarification came after party functionaries sought to know why he was soft on Naveen Patnaik

Published: 07th January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th January 2015 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

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BHUBANESWAR: National BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday clarified partymen that there was no question of compromise with any opposition political party including the ruling BJD in the State.

Shah's clarification came in the wake of queries from party functionaries who sought to know why he was soft on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who is embroiled in several scams including the chit fund imbroglio.

"I said whatever I had to say (against the State Government). I have no personal animosity against any political leader. One has to maintain decency while speaking in public," he said and added that Patnaik is neither an accused nor convicted in the chit fund scam.

Dismissing opposition allegations that the Modi Government at Centre is using the CBI to score points against its opponents, Shah said such tactics do not bring votes for a party.

He exhorted the party workers to strengthen BJP from grassroots level to fight the inefficient BJD regime in the State. "Meet the target to enrol 40 lakh members in the State, the BJD government will be on its way out," Shah said. 

"Winning an election is not an easy job. We have to work hard as we did in Uttar Pradesh (UP)," he replied to a query on his UP magic.

The BJP president had an interaction with State and district level functionaries for nearly two hours after the Mahasangram rally. Shah left for Puri to have darshan of Lord Jagannath. He also met Puri Sankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati.

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