Pradeep Pattanayak

With the general elections being less than five months away, the state units of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress and the incumbent BJD have started flexing their muscles. 

State President of the BJP Manmohan Samal has just returned from New Delhi after meeting top party leaders and getting mantras to ensure the party’s victory in the state. 

He said the state leaders have been asked to keep villages in focus. While the party MPs, MLAs, functionaries, and workers have already covered 1500 Panchayats, they will cover more 5000 Panchayats in the run-up to the election.  

“The entire focus will be on Odisha. People here wish to see the BJP forming the government. The state leaders have been asked to visit villages as part of Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra,” said Samal. 

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On the other hand, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is going to hold state executive after a gap of three years. With the general elections being around the corner, the conch party’s state executive is seen to be assuming significance. At the meeting, proposals on poll strategy on how to take on the opposition party may be discussed. 

Worth mentioning, the party will also celebrate its foundation day on December 26. 

“Since the election is coming, all parties will start their preparations. Even though the BJD is well prepared, it will sharpen its strategies,” said BJD MLA Debiprasad Mishra.  

The state unit of the grand old party, the Congress, is no way behind in chalking out strategies to repeat what it did in Telangana. 

“Under ‘Ghare ghare haat, ghare ghare Congress’, we are trying to reach out to around 37,000 booths with leaflets describing the failures of the BJD and the BJP. The AICC has already taken a decision to focus on Odisha. In the coming days, Rahul Gandhi, Malikarjun Kharge and Priyanka Gandhi will visit the state. They have programmes in the state,” said OPCC chief Sarat Pattanayak. 

On the other hand, political analysts observed that political issues will go a long way in deciding the fate of a political party. 

“Preparations for elections have already been started. The BJD’s state executive is for the elections.  In the BJD, the conception approved by Naveen Patnaik is accepted by most of the party’s leaders,” said Rabi Das, a political analyst.

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