BJP protests removal of party flags, banners, Shah's cut-outs from Bhubaneswar no-hoarding zones

5 Jul 2017

The BJP today strongly protested after the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) removed BJP flags, hoardings, banners and cut-outs of party president Amit Shah from no-hoarding zones in the city.
BMC also removed BJP flags, hoardings, banners and Amit Shah cut-outs from the Kalinga Stadium area, the venue of Asian Athletics Championship meet. The civic body removed about four trucks of flags, banners and cut-outs of the BJP president, a BMC official said. A group of BJP workers had a heated exchange of words with the BMC staff while they were pulling down the hoardings. "Our vehicles were detained and a quarrel broke out between our workers and BJP activists engaged in removal of the hoardings and posters," the official said adding, BJP had not taken any prior permission from the BMC to erect hoardings and banners in the city. "BMC officials removed Amit Shahji's posters at the instruction of the ruling BJD. BJD leaders are frustrated as BJP is gaining ground in the state, particularly in the state capital area," said BJP spokesman Dilip Mohanty.
The BJP president had on Tuesday said his party was going strong in Odisha and it will form the government after the 2019 Assembly election with an absolute majority. Addressing a series of party meetings in chief minister Naveen Patnaik's home turf Ganjam, Shah said his party's popularity in Odisha was growing fast as the state remained "backward and poor", despite the "substantial" assistance from the NDA government at the Centre. "People will bring about a change. It is not merely for a change of government, ministers or MLAs. Change is needed to alter the system of administration and to steer the state on the path of development," the BJP chief said.
The BJP president, who chose Ganjam district to launch his three-day campaign in Odisha to bolster the saffron party's base in the eastern state, attended booth level programmes at Hugulapeta and other places. He also addressed members of party booth committees of Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal at Berhampur. Affirming the Narendra Modi-led Union government's commitment to Odisha's development, Shah said the volume of Centre's assistance to the state had registered a "steep increase" in the three years of the NDA rule. However, the benefits of the assistance were not reaching the people due to the state government's "failure to perform", he said.