Speaking after Danve, Mumbai BJP unit president Ashish Shelar said Shah would land in Mumbai on Thursday evening and will be accompanied from the airport to the BKC, a distance of around 9 kms, by BJP workers on motorcycles.
BJP will kickstart its campaign for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections with a massive show of strength on its 38th Foundation Day to be celebrated on Friday in Maharashtra, a top party official said on Wednesday. While the area under irrigation across the state is 33 per cent, it is only 11 per cent in western districts. He said Shah might hold a press conference on April 6 after addressing the rally and will also interact with BJP legislators and MPs from Maharashtra.
A senior MP of Odisha's ruling BJD says the Central government was not a BJP government or NDA government, but it was a Modi government. The BJP president Amit Shah would address a rally to be held at MMRDA grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in suburban Bandra. "They are moving scot-free as the State Government is shielding them".
SBSP president Om Prakash Rajbhar, who had air-dashed to Delhi on the eve of Rajya Sabha elections, was asked by Mr Shah to wait for his Lucknow visit to resolve his issues. "Only then, we could give BJD a major blow", said a BJP leader in Odisha.
However, the BJP's golden period will begin only after it forms government in Odisha and West Bengal. "But I had not spoken about it because I am sure we will win more seats here, much bigger than the mandate we got in Tripura recently", Shah reasoned.
On Monday, there were violent protests in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan against a Supreme Court order last month that diluted provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has meted out step motherly treatment to western parts of the state - the KBK region KBK region (erstwhile undivided Koraput, Bolangir, Kalahandi districts) - which remains backward.