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Shah asked every BJP member, from minister to ordinary party worker, to devote at least 15 days a year to working to strengthen the organisation.

Continuing with the BJP's Dalit outreach, the party has named the venue of its executive meet after noted Odia poet and reformer Bhima Bhoi.

Talking to media after the concluding session of the meeting, senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said, senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the party to reach out to poor Muslims, who have not benefitted much in all these years.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain while supporting the Prime Minister's stance stated it is important for the Muslim women to be supported at this time of crisis. Nearly three decades after Patnaik made this statement, the BJP is signing pan-India.

"But the BJP's golden period is yet to arrive".

According to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, nearly three years since the Prime Minister led the BJP to a majority in the Lok Sabha, the hope he had generated has now turned into a faith that he as the leader and the BJP as the political vehicle will steer India to a better future.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cautioned Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to "practice the art of silence" and not get carried away while making statements.

"Apart from the road show Modi will also visit the Sri Lingaraj temple to offer prayers", state BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma told IANS.

BJP chief Amit Shah starts addresses the national party meet in Bhubaneswar. "Shah will extensively tour the country till September".

The BJP has also disproved the claims that it can defeat the Congress but not strong regional parties by routing the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party in UT, he said.

"They can be posted anywhere in the country besides their home state", he said.

On the resolution adopted at the BJP National Executive meeting on according constitutional status to OBC Commission, the Odisha Congress chief said the BJP was now doing politics in the name of caste.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Later, BJD leaders took a dig at the BJP-led government at the Centre for ignoring the genuine demands of the state. Assembly elections in Odisha are due in May 2019 along with the general elections.

India is a rich country with poor people, Modi said, and blamed corruption and "visionless governments" of the past for its current condition.

Amit Shah said when the BJP won 71 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP in 2014, it was said that it was a "sudden" development but by sweeping the state in the assembly polls the party has proved that people have embraced it "decisively and whole- heartedly".

At the national executive meeting, Shah has lashed out at the misgovernance under Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's rule.