Cong to take fight against BJD to block level

Bhubaneswar: In an apparent bid to galvanise Congress workers at the grassroots level before the ensuing polls, the Congress party is all set hit streets and hold meetings at district and block levels. 
 
“We’ll hold public and workers’ meetings across Odisha at block and district levels after April 6 to expose the ruling government’s deception,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik said.
 
“Let the people of Odisha know the truth; how the Centre is supporting the state with all its public welfare schemes and how BJD govt is taking the credit,” added Patnaik. The exercise will continue for two months, informed the PCC chief.
 
The move by party state unit, first such after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi reportedly stressed to focus on tribal voters in the deliberation with MPs of three states earlier this month in Delhi, is seen as the party’s bid to inch closer to woo the voters. 
 
According to party insiders, the Congress heir apparent had expressed his keenness to widen the Congress base among tribals in the states of Odisha and Jharkhand where the party is out of power for over a decade.
 
While state unit here is yet to divulge details about the two-month plan, political observers believe Congress leaders will mostly try to reach out various socio-religious and community leaders of various groups of tribals.
 
In a similar exercise, in October last the party had launched an eight-day ‘Parivartan’ rally and covered about 100 villages in the districts of Cuttack, Khurda and Puri.