Pradeep Pattanayak

Ahead of the Panchayat polls in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convened a meeting of party MPs to chalk out strategy for the crucial elections at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar on Monday.  

Briefing the journalists in the aftermath of the brainstorming, senior BJP leader and MP Suresh Pujari informed that the party’s main objective is to secure victory over the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the rural body elections. 

“We will be preparing State and regional level manifestoes. Emphasis will be given to make the booth committee stronger. That apart, a list of those who will devout their full time for the elections will also be prepared,” informed the parliamentarian. 

“Despite having lesser number of MLAs and MPs in 2017, the party had performed well. In 2022 elections, the party will register a better performance,” claimed the Bargarh MP. 
When asked what were the topics discussed in the meeting, Pujari said the discussion focussed on various topics including the contestants to be pitched, the campaign in charges and the design and display of the candidate’s posters and banners. 

Notably, the Odisha Chief Election Commissioner had informed on December 15 that an all party meeting would soon be held to discuss the modalities for the conduct of Panchayat elections. The dates of the polls will be announced after the meet, the OCEC had said. 

It is worth mentioning that the number of voters has increased this time. While the 2017 election, there were 2.61 crore voters, for the 2022 polls, the number has increased to 2.63 crore.

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