Mrunal Manmay Dash

Odisha politics has heated up since the day of the announcement of the Padampur bypoll result. While the Opposition has been hitting the Odisha government left, right and centre over a slew of issues plaguing the state, speculations of early elections have now made the political parties go for brainstorming sessions to chalk out action plans for the upcoming general polls.

Soon after the Padampur bypoll, as a part of its post-poll analysis, the BJD held a brain-storming session with senior leaders at Naveen Niwas on Thursday. As per reports, the major topic of discussion in the session was how to deliver all the fat promises made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other Ministers during the Padampur campaign.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, BJD MP Prasanna Acharya said, “CM Naveen Patnaik will visit Padampur and take stock of all the developmental works done there. Each and every promise made to the Padampur people will be delivered one by one.”

When asked about the 2024 elections, Acharya said BJD is a big party and hence, it is now preparing itself for the upcoming polls in a big way too.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed BJD’s meeting an apparatus to hide the party's inefficiency.

Slamming the BJD, BJP leader, Prithviraj Harichandan said, “The people of Odisha will surely give a befitting reply to the BJD that has started hiding behind closed-door meetings to escape from its duties. I think the BJD leaders will find the right way to do politics after getting replies from the people, because more than poll preparations, the ruling party is busy hiding its shortcomings.”

Similarly, Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “We do not have anything to do with BJD’s poll preparations. I can only say about Congress. As far as our party is concerned, we are not walking behind anybody. Our members are committed and have patience. We will fight in full steam in the 2024 elections.”

Meanwhile, with an eye on the upcoming general polls, the BJP and the Congress have called for meetings on December 17 and 18, respectively.