Bhubaneswar: Top BJP leaders, CM of various states reached in Bhubaneswar for BJP National Executive Meet. Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Arunachal Pradesh CM Prema Khandu, UP deputy CM Keshav Maurya arrive in Bhubaneswar.
BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also arrived at the city to attend the national executive committee meeting. BJP national president Amit Shah was welcomed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here by party leaders with two lotus garlands, one made of 147 flowers and another with 21, symbolising the 147 Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha with an aim to help the lotus bloom even as the party has virtually stolen the sleep of the BJD Government in the recent panchayat elections.
While BJP State president Basanta Panda welcomed Shah with the garland of 147 lotuses, Union Minister Dhamrendra Pradhan greeted him with the other garland of 21 flowers. Shah visited the State party office and celebrated the Odia New Year with party workers and drank Pana, the traditional Odia drink enjoyed on the day, thereby striking an emotional chord with people of Odisha. Later, he chaired a meeting of BJP national executive members to finalise the agenda to be discussed at the national executive meeting to be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Janata Maidan.
PM Narendra Modi scheduled to reach Bhubaneswar airport at 3.30 pm today on 2-day visit. From the airport, the Prime Minister would go straight to the Governor’s House. Then he would reach the Janata Maidan by 5 pm to attend the BJP’s national executive meeting.