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Pradeep Pattanayak

Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition for questioning the Biju Janata Dal's (BJD) massive success in the recently concluded Panchayat elections, party spokesperson Pratap Deb said, “They should accept and introspect their failure instead of raising questions over the BJD's integrity.”

Taking a dig at the aspersions made by the Opposition over BJD’s clean sweep, Deb said the allegation that bureaucrats took over the poll management task for the party was baseless. "After the electoral debacle, the Opposition party is also raising the issue of the schemes that were rolled out ahead of the elections. It is meaningless," he said during an exclusive interview with OTV’s News Editor Radhamadhav Mishra on Tuesday. 

Needless to say Deb’s criticisms were aimed at senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra who had earlier told OTV that 70 percent of the election strategy for BJD was managed by bureaucrats and government officials while the contribution of party leaders was a meagre 30 percent. 

Meanwhile, Deb said, “The Opposition party leaders focused on some particular issues, instead of performing their job sincerely. The 'mantra' of success is to go to the people and we have realised this. Our party went to the people and faced them, and the result is before everyone to see. A party's success is largely dependent on its organisational strength and the relationship it shares with the people," Deb pointed out. 

While reacting to the Opposition's remarks on the Central government heaping praise on Naveen Patnaik, Deb said the UPA government had earlier spoken highly of the Odisha CM. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi should learn from Naveen Patnaik about ways to manage an organisation,” he said.

The senior BJD leader said though Covid-19 situation posed a huge challenge to the government and the party, the latter relentlessly worked for the people in the testing times. “Our main objective was to make people feel that the party is always with them," Deb said. 

Deb said the party’s achievement in the Panchayat polls was beyond expectation. “The party owes the success to the frontline leaders as well as grass root workers, apart from the people of Odisha" he said. 

"The huge mandate has only increased our responsibility," Deb summed up.

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