Himansu Shekhar Rout

Congress in Odisha seems to be getting battle-ready for the upcoming elections. Party leaders and workers are enthused over Odisha Bachao Samavesh to be held in Bhubaneswar on Monday and significantly, AICC president Mallikanjun Kharge will address the rally.

Through the massive rally, the party is keen to show its strength before the ruling party.

However, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asserted that the Congress Samavesh and Nyaya Yatra will make no difference in Odisha. 

The grand old party claimed that thousands of party workers, presidents of block units, district units and mandal units will gather at the Samavesh.

The AICC president will arrive at Bhubaneswar at 12 am and will be taken to the Samavesh venue in a massive bike rally. 
After the Samavesh, Kharge will meet senior party leaders and the leaders of the parties siding with the INDIA bloc.

On the eve of the AICC president’s visit, PCC president Sarat Pattanayak came down heavily on the Biju Janata Dal(BJD) government.

Taking a dig at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the PCC president said, ”In the last 24 years, the Naveen Patnaik government has turned Odisha into a poverty-stricken state. The government is neck deep in multiple scams such as multi-crore mining scam, chit fund scam and land scam. The government has failed to contain the price spiral. The Congress will put up a tough fight against the state government in the upcoming elections.”

Pattanayak said that the morale of the party workers and leaders is high over Kharge’s visit to the state.       

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However, BJD leader Sudhir Samal said, “The Congress’ Samavesh and the AICC president’s visit to the state will have no impact on the BJD. People are happy and are always with the BJD as the government has done a lot of development on various fronts.”    

BJP leader and Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi lambasted Congress, saying, ”The image of Congress has become pale in the country. The existence of Congress has come into question after the BJP’s massive victories in three states. The Congress is in a miserable state. It may conduct Nyay Yatra, but it will make no difference.”

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