Balasore: With each passing day, Odisha's three major political parties - BJD, BJP and the Congress seem to be intensifying campaign in the bypoll-bound assembly constituencies of Balasore Sadar and Tirtol.
The by-poll battles in both the assembly constituencies are expected to be closely contested ones as candidates are engaged in a fierce campaign.
The frequency of ground rallies also has increased now as the BJP members led by State president Samir Mohanty today took part in a roadshow organised from Chandi chhak till railway station via Fakir Mohan chhak in Balasore. The party is leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters.
"BJP is aware of its responsibilities and people's expectations. We will fight for their rights so that each of the public services provided by the Modi government reaches them. Balasore town will soon turn into a model city, and we are looking into the problems of the farmers as well. We value the public and know their importance in a democracy. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi and his ideas for making Odisha a better State, we are surely coming out victorious in the byelections," said Mohanty.
Similarly, BJD candidate Swarup Das also went on a door-to-door campaign in ward no 4 and 5 to discuss the problems people in these areas have been facing.
"People here understand what we have done for them over the years, and that is why they share their issues only with us. If Balasore has seen development, it is because of the BJD," said Das during the campaign.
On the other hand, Congress has also launched its poll campaign fiercely. Today, AICC Odisha in-charge Chella Kumar held a meeting at the Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar to interact with the newly-appointed district Congress committee presidents.
Our plan of action is towards 2024 general elections to bring back Congress regime in Odisha, said the state in-charge, Chella Kumar.
"We, as members of a political party, have some crucial roles. We have to let the people know about the situation of a state and country, apart from reiterating the responsibilities all of us carry," said OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik.
Senior Congress MLA Sura Routray stated that the party aims to further strengthen its grassroots.