Pradeep Singh

In September 2020, BJP National President JP Nadda had stated that the party would form government in Odisha with 50 per cent vote share in 2024 general elections. Now, after a year, the party has formed the 'Odisha State Core Committee' to chalk out strategy to achieve the objective.

The 15-member panel, which include BJP's National Vice President Baijayant Jay Panda, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnav and the party's Odisha State unit president Samir Mohanty, among others, will have a Core Committee meeting every month.

Speaking on the same, members of the committee, Manmohan Samal and Jual Oram said that the regular meetings will help strengthen the party towards achieving Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s ‘Mission 120’and Nadda’s 50 per cent vote share target in Odisha.

This move of the BJP is seen as a part of the party's 'Mission 2024' plan ahead of the Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls in the State to strengthen the party organisation at grassroots level. The committee will outline the issues which will be taken up during the upcoming general elections.

Possible Political Agenda For BJP

The Core Committee will reportedly prepare a blueprint to take on the ruling BJD on various issues-- from Mahanga double murder, Pari murder, Mamita Meher murder and lapses in paddy procurement to corruption in the Central housing scheme-- in the upcoming Panchayat and ULB polls ahead of the general elections.

The State unit of BJP, which currently seems more aggressive, is expected to take up these issues to corner the BJD while highlighting the string of pro-poor initiatives taken by the Modi government apart from the Central policies to boost economy and create employment.

BJP's Vote Share In Odisha During Last Two General Elections

In 2014, BJP had won only one Parliamentary seat with a vote share of 21 per cent. However, in 2019, the party had received 38 per cent of the popular mandate and won a total of 08 Lok Sabha seats.

Talking about the Assembly elections, BJP so far has a steady and swift growth in the State. The party had bagged 18 per cent votes in 2014 general elections which increased to 32 per cent in the 2019 polls to become the main Opposition party in the State.