Bhubaneswar: Accusing ruling BJD in Odisha of unleashing terror against its supporters after party president Amit Shah's recent rally here, BJP on Monday claimed its strength would increase 13 fold in the state as people are fed up with corruption and misrule during the Naveen Patnaik rule.
"A frustrated BJD is targeting workers and supporters of BJP after Amit Shah's rally. Those who mobilised people for the rally are terrorised and attacked. Even a woman was killed in Dharmasala," BJP National Secretary and Odisha in-charge, Arun Singh told reporters here.
While a woman was beaten to death at Dharmasala in Jajpur district, others were attacked and grievously injured at Anandpur and Ghatagaon in Keonjhar district and at Vani Vihar here for bringing a large number of supporters to the BJP rally here, he claimed.
Terming these incidents as "shameful", Singh said BJD is indulging in violence as it is shaken due to party leaders getting exposed during CBI probe into chitfund scam and BJP's growing popularity in the state.
The culprits in these attacks are roaming scot-free despite repeated demands for action, he claimed and said BJP would get the violent incidents probed by a fact finding team headed by senior leader Sameer Mohanty and prepare a report.
Singh claimed that BJD's days in Odisha are numbered and BJP would fight against the autocratic rule in a peaceful and democratic manner and ensure that the regional party is wiped out in the next polls.
Claiming also that BJP's popularity in the state is growing fast due to BJD's misrule and the positive impact of Narendra Modi government at the Centre, he said 60 to 70 leaders of BJD and Congress have sent messages expressing their willingness to join BJP and their names would be disclosed shortly.
Singh said there has been three fold increase in the
number of the party's membership so far in the ongoing membership drive which has increased from 3 lakh to ten lakh so far.
The party's strength would record a 13-fold rise in the state, he said adding more than 40 lakh members would be inducted in Odisha by March 31 this year as the party is getting overwhelming support after Shah's rally.
Confident of party's victory in the next assembly polls in the state, Singh claimed that BJP would form next government by raising its strength from ten at present to 120 in the state assembly.
Stating that a special intensive membership drive would be undertaken from January 23 to 25, Singh said whole time workers would be engaged in all 445 organisational blocks across the state for which a training programme is being held here tomorrow.