Briefing reporters, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during the party’s national executive in Bhubaneswar, Shah said that due to his extraordinary connect with the people, Narendra Modi is the most popular leader on Saturday.
“To blame the electronic voting machines for defeat during the elections is like disrespecting the Election Commission,” Shah said.
Earlier Prime Minister Modi led a roadshow and mingled with crowds at several places breaking security protocol as he arrived here to attend the two-day BJP national executive meeting with saffron expansion in Odisha being its key agenda.
Modi, who was clad in all white, beamed and waved at the people gathered on both sides of the road for a glimpse with lotus flowers in their hands.
Defying the security cordon he even got off his vehicle a couple of times, walked up to people, greeted them and even shook hands with some of them.
He also offered floral tributes to freedom fighters and illustrious sons of the soil on his way to the Raj Bhavan.
As the Prime Minister’s 9 km-long roadshow passed through the main road connecting the airport and the Raj Bhavan, the air was rent with the chants of ’Modi .. Modi’, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Bande Mataram’.
The state BJP also organised folk dance, songs and folk music at different places along the route taken by the Prime Minister.
He received lotus flowers when he was felicitated by members of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha in front of the Raj Bhavan.
After a 20-minute halt at Raj Bhavan, Modi resumed his roadshow. He got off the vehicle and walked about half-a-km near Jaidev Vihar to mingle freely with the people before arriving at Janata Maidan, the venue of the two-day national executive.