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BJP will accomplish ‘Mission 120 plus’ in Odisha Assembly elections: Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani said there are “indicators of failure” in health, education and, law and order in Odisha.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2018 19:00 IST
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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani speaks during a meeting to mark the 43rd anniversary of 1975 Emergency, in Bhubaneswar.(PTI Photo)

Union minister Smriti Irani said on Tuesday the BJP would achieve its mission of securing more than 120 seats in the Odisha Assembly elections with the overwhelming support of the people, since there are “indicators of failure” in health, education and, law and order in the BJD-ruled state.

The overwhelming support of the people of the state will help the BJP achieve its goal, she told reporters here.

After the BJP’s spectacular performance in the Odisha rural polls in February last year, the party’s national president Amit Shah had a set a target of winning 120 of the 147 Assembly seats in Odisha in the next state polls. As of now, the BJP has 10 members in the Odisha Assembly.

Shah is scheduled to visit the state on July 1.

“There are indicators of failure in health, education and law and order sectors in Odisha. On the other hand, there is good governance by the BJP in other states. The BJP will achieve its goal (in Odisha) due to these indications of failure,” Irani said here in reply to a question on how the saffron party would achieve its 120 plus mission as announced by Shah.

She said, “It is not only that the BJP president says it, the overwhelming response of the people will fulfill our mission.”

Reacting sharply to Irani’s comments, state finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera said, “We do not need personal certificates from Smriti Irani. There are a lot of controversies surrounding her. Many Union ministries have praised the performance of Odisha and its Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.”

Behera claimed that 4.5 crore people of Odisha have certified the performance of Naveen Patnaik and he would return to power for the fifth time in the Assembly polls due next year.

After reaching here in the morning, Irani went to the Bunakar (weavers) Seva Kendra at Saheed Nagar and later attended a meeting of senior citizens and think-tanks.

She is scheduled to attend Sampark for Samarthan (contact for support) programme, which was launched by Shah on May 29 to mark four years of BJP government at the Centre.

First Published: Jun 26, 2018 17:39 IST