Vikash Sharma

The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has stepped up its activities to make rapid strides ahead of the crucial general elections 2024.

A brainstorming session involving the party’s office-bearers' is being held in Bhubaneswar on Monday. The saffron party's Odisha election in-charge Vijaypal Singh Tomar and co-in-charge Lata Usendi are holding talks with senior party leaders of the state unit to finalise the strategy and implement the mantras shared by the top leadership for proper execution.

As per available information, BJP National President JP Nadda is scheduled to visit Odisha by February end. Prior to JP Nadda’s visit, senior leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be visiting the state tomorrow. Chouhan will review the preparations for the Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur Parliamentary segments, party sources said.

Apart from Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will also be visiting Odisha on February 15. He is scheduled to visit Puri Jagannath temple for darshan and review the preparations of the party in the same Parliamentary constituency.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also scheduled to visit Odisha on February 22 and attend several programmes here.

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already held a massive programme of the party in Sambalpur recently. It seems that the saffron party is aiming to come to power in Odisha by reaching out to the voters with ‘Modi Ki Gurantee’.

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Senior journalist Prasanna Mohanty said, “BJP is making big plans and focus is on Odisha and a blueprint is also ready. And the visit of top leadership to Odisha is an indication. The Prime Minister’s last visit was not so notable as there was no such indication towards upcoming elections. However, Modi’s popularity cannot be ruled out given the recent Ram temple event. It remains to be seen what would be the stand of the top leaders and whether a clear message regarding the fight against BJD is sent or not.”

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