Odisha Elections 2024: Is BJD tense over defending ‘coastal ramparts’?

Ahead of the fourth and final phase of elections in Odisha slated on June 1, the BJD is reportedly tense over defending its stronghold in the coastal region against a rising BJP. After Nimapara MLA Samir Dash joined the BJP, the BJD has sent 16 leaders as observers to counter his influence in the Assembly seat.

Sankha Bhawan, the BJD headquarters in Bhubaneswar.

After Nimapara MLA Samir Ranjan Dash left the BJD and joined the BJP, the political equation in the Jagatsingpur Lok Sabha seat has reportedly changed. For various factors, the political equation in the Chandbali Assembly seat is reportedly changing fast too ahead of the final phase of polls. This has allegedly become a cause of deep concern for the ruling BJD. 

To counter the influence of Samir towards the BJP, the ruling party has appointed 15 party observers, including eight leaders from Puri, in Nimapara while eight other leaders of the party were tasked for the Chandbali Assembly seat to checkmate BJP MLA candidate Manmohan Samal.