Vikash Sharma

The stage is all set for the big fight as the heavyweights of the BJP, BJD and Congress are ready to hit the campaign trail for 2024 elections in Odisha. BJP heavyweight and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah will start campaigning for the party by visiting the state on April 25. This will pave the way for other top Central leaders of the saffron brigade to intensify their campaigning in Odisha.

Shah is scheduled to hold a public meeting at Sonepur on April 25. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President JP Nadda are also likely to visit Odisha in May. Several other star campaigners of the party and Chief Ministers of several states including Yogi Adityanath, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Union Minister Rajnath Singh will also be seen in action during the party’s massive campaigning in Odisha.

“After Sonepur, all Central leaders of the BJP will visit Odisha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda will be visiting the state multiple times to attend a series of election meetings,” said Odisha BJP president, Manmohan Samal.

On the other hand, BJD supremo, and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is also scheduled to kick-start campaigning from the Hinjili constituency on April 24. Patnaik will address public meetings at Hinjili and Seragad.

“Campaigning will intensify after nominations. BJD will form the government and win more Parliament seats,” said BJD MLA, Susant Rout.

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The first phase of polling in Odisha will be held on May 13 and the major political parties have already drawn up strategies to make the best use of the campaigning period. The Congress which seems to be going through a phase of ‘identity crisis’ will turn to AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi.

Kharge is likely to visit Bolangir while Priyanka Gandhi is scheduled to visit Nabarangpur. Rahul Gandhi will begin campaigning in Odisha by holding a public meeting at Salepur on April 28.

Party MP Saptagiri Ulaka informed that Rahul Gandhi will again visit Odisha’s Rayagada on May 3rd and May 4th. Similarly, Telangana CM Revanth Reddy will also attend election meetings in Rayagada and Jeypore on May 8th and May 9th.

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