Mrunal Manmay Dash

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA, Debi Prasad Mishra set the political circles abuzz after he said that early Assembly election in Odisha is very much a possibility.

“I have heard about it and people are definitely discussing it. So, the possibility of an early election cannot be ruled out. This is an election year, so every party including the BJD is getting prepared,” said Debi Prasad Mishra.

“As far as the discussions are considered, a Union Minister hinted at it. Even Odisha BJP president, Manmohan Samal mentioned it in the past. So it is a possibility, provided the Election Commission wants Odisha to go to elections with five other States scheduled next after Karnataka,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Congress party has conveyed its readiness and asserted its victory in the next elections in the State.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief, Sarat Patnaik said, “The Congress party is ready whenever they throw elections at us; be it at the stipulated time or six months earlier. If the BJD government actually wants to dissolve the Assembly prematurely and conduct elections earlier, then we are ready for that.”

The tenure of the current Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha is going to end on June 24, 2024. Speculations are rife that the Chief Minister might dissolve the Assembly earlier and go to polls.

After Karnataka, there are five more States, where the tenure of the Legislature is going to end in December 2023 and January 2024. The tenure of the current government in Mizoram ends in December 2023. Similarly, the Assembly tenures of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana will be ending in January 2024.

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