Responding to a poser on choosing Odisha as the venue for the meet, Ram Madhav said the state has been one of the best among the BJP-governed states and therefore, the management chose to hold the meet here.

April. 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived here amid massive fanfare for the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) two-day national executive meeting.

Shah, seen as the chief architect of the party's poll victories, also trashed opposition claim about tampering with electronic voting machines (EVMs).

IMAGE: Odisha BJP President Bsanta Panda and senior leader K V Singhdeo welcome party national president Amit Shah on his arrival at the airport in Bhubaneswar. Minister Prasad said that BJP chief Amit Shah will spend time at the booth-level for 95 days by September. "BJP's golden period should be associated with country's golden period", Shah said.

Odisha has emerged as a focus area for the top two leaders, particularly after the BJP's big strides in state rural polls this February pleasantly surprised them. "Among the excuses, EVMs are being discussed", Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted Amit Shah as saying during his presidential speech.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP veterans L K Advani and M M Joshi will be among those joining the deliberations.

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He said all elections since 1998 were held with the use of EVMs.

Slamming the NDA government over Mahanadi river water row between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the Congress leader said that the Centre failed to stop construction of barrages by BJP regime in Chhattisgarh government on Mahanadi upstream. We want every state to have a BJP chief minister. In Odisha, Pradhan cited the panchayat polls and said the results showed the BJP's support base had grown beyond the traditional tribal belts to the state's western and coastal regions. The list also includes West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and the Northeast, where recent polls point towards a growing BJP presence.

The people of UP rejected family politics, caste politics and a "non-performing" government, he said referring to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has been carrying forward his father Biju Patnaik's legacy.

A huge crowd gathered on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Modi.

The Prime Minister, earlier, held a roadshow in the state capital ahead of the meeting. While he is expected to tell the Members how UP was won by the BJP, media men have been busy cornering him whenever possible. He got off the vehicle and walked for about half-a-kilometre near Jaidev Vihar, mingling freely with the people before arriving at Janata Maidan, the venue of the two-day national executive.

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