BHUBANESWAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will be on a two-day visit to Odisha starting from Wednesday. He will take part in various programmes concerned to the state.
BJP president is also due to meet poll-bound Chhattisgarh's Chief Minister Raman Singh and other party leaders at the Raipur airport premises during a brief stopover before proceeding on Odisha tour.
The CM will be accompanied by state unit BJP president Dharamlal Kaushik, state BJP general secretary (organisation) Pawan Sai, Cabinet ministers and senior leaders.
The meeting is considered significant ahead of the elections, which is due later this year.
Shah is expected to take feedback from the BJP leaders about the poll preparations in the state.
The ruling BJP has 49 members in the state assembly.
Meanwhile, During his stay in Odisha, the BJP chief will address a public meeting at Lal Bahadur Shashtri Stadium, Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
Later in the day, Shah will visit Maa Manikeshwari Temple located in Kalahandi district for darshan and puja of the deity.
He will also address a Vistarak Meeting and Core-Group Meeting at Hotel Bhagirathi Inn, Bhawanipatna.
In the evening, Shah will address a meeting of the State Core Group, State Office Bearers, Parliamentary Constituencies, District In-charge, District President, State Morcha General Secretary and all MLAs at Hotel Bhagirathi Inn.
On the second day, around 9:30 am Shah will be visiting Saintala village in Baniband of Balangir district of Odisha.
At 11 pm, Shah will visit Degaon village also in the Balangir district.
Shah will also address a Yuva Maha Samavesh at Kaushal Kala Mandal field, Balangir at 12: 30 pm.
He will then attend the 'bhoomi pujan' of the BJP's Balangir district office.
The BJP has emerged as the strongest challenger to the ruling BJD in the state of Odisha in the last few years replacing Congress.