Mrunal Manmay Dash

Set for the upcoming general election in 2024, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has now started preparing its ground work for success by eyeing the independent candidates who lost by a miniscule vote in the recent Panchayat and Urban polls in Odisha.

Union Education Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan hinted at such a strategy of the party while addressing the BJP workers in Dhenkanal’s Parjang on Friday.

While the BJP lost both the Panchayat and Urban polls terribly, in terms of the vote percentage, the party has fared well with almost 30 percent votes in the State. Taking this as an advantage, the party has reportedly built plans around it targeting the 2024 elections.

As per reports, the BJP is focusing on strengthening its position at booth level. Moreover, the saffron party has called for reinforcing the party to rise above disputes among party members.

Apart from this, the party also wants its members to monitor whether the Central funds are reaching the last mile.
Targeting the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government, Pradhan said, “The BJD is using the government machinery including the police and WSHGs to influence voters and win elections.”

Meanwhile, the Congress party is nearing an overhaul in its Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) leadership, with Niranjan Patnaik all set to leave the Chief’s position.

The Congress has Southern Odisha in its focus after wining some seats in the undivided Koraput district in the last two elections.

Speaking to reporters, Congress MLA, Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “Whenever the party has won in South Odisha, it has ruled the State too. I have prepared the ground for 2024. As per my calculations, the party will win all 14 MLA seats in the undivided Koraput, seven in Ganjam and all the seats in Kandhamal district.”

Similarly, the ruling BJD has also started opening its cards for the general elections. In a bid to plug the gaps in the party created by infighting, the Conch party has reportedly devised plans to rehabilitate the disgruntled leaders in various State government undertaken corporations.

Upbeat with its thumping win in both Panchayat and urban polls, Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said, “We are ready not only for 2024 but we will win 2030 elections too.”