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BJP national executive meet in Bhubaneswar begins today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here around 3.45pm today to attend a power-packed BJP national executive meet here.

Many Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-governed states have already reached here. Never in the BJP history, the national executive had so many people in power. Apart from PM, 40 Union ministers, 13 chief ministers and seven deputy chief ministers will be attending the 2-day meet.

This makes the national executive at Bhubaneswar beginning Saturday as the most power-packed national convention ever for the BJP.

The quarterly meeting has never witnessed so many of its delegates in position of power in its 37 years history since the saffron party was founded in 1980. Modi will land here on a two-day tour on Saturday afternoon while most other Union ministers and the CMs will arrive before that.

The meeting is being held for the first time after the recent assembly elections in five states. After forming governments in four states (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa), the saffron party, either alone or in alliance) is now in power in 16 states, governing more than 60% population of the country. During none of its previous national executives, the party was in power in so many states.

The last executive committee meet on January 6, 7 in New Delhi was held in the run up to the assembly polls in five states. The Bhubaneswar meet from Saturday will be a stock-taking session for the results of these besides preparing for coming elections in 16 states in the next two years and the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

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