With an effort to make a big push to make inroads into Odisha ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday led a roadshow in Bhubaneswar on the sideline of a two-day national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Soon after arriving at the state capital, the prime minister led the eight-km roadshow from the airport to Raj Bhawan.
While party chief Amit Shah landed in Bhubaneswar on Friday, PM Narendra Modi arrived by 3:30 pm on Saturday. Veteran leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will also be a part of the executive meet.
About 350 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, 40 union ministers, chief ministers of 13 BJP-ruled states, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are taking part in the meeting.
In the two-day meeting, the leaders will discuss the BJP's strategy to increase the party's political footprint ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Modi will felicitate members of 16 families associated with the Paika rebellion of 1817 during the meet with the objective to boost the BJP's standing in the state.
The national executive meeting is being held in Odisha after a gap of 20 years as part of the strategy of Modi and Shah.
In 1998, the BJP had organised the national executive meet and after that the saffron party joined hands with state's now ruling Biju Janata Dal.