Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: With the three-tier Panchayat polls in Odisha scheduled in mid-February this year, the ruling BJD has revved up its preparations in full swing.

As part of the process, the meetings of the BJD organisational districts began at the residence of the party supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here today.

On the first day of the meeting, Patnaik had a discussion with the ministers, MPs, MLAs, observers and senior party leaders of Ganjam district.

The meeting discussed about the strategies to wrest all seats in the district. The chief minister asked the party leaders to work in coordination with all party workers.

"Taking note of the discontentment in the party over selection of candidates in the district, Patnaik asked senior party leaders to prepare a list of candidates having clean image and no dispute. Besides, he also asked the district poll observers and each MLA to propose the name of three candidates each for the Zilla Parishad and the list to him through the poll observer," former minister and senior BJD spokesperson Surya Narayan Patro told media persons after the meeting.

Former minister and poll observer of Ganjam district, Maheswar Mohanty, who was present at the meeting, said the chief minister asked the district party leaders to amicably sort out the disputes relating to selection of candidates for Zilla Parishad election. Besides, he also asked them so submit a list of candidates having no disputes over their selection.

He, however, said there is specific time limit for submission of the candidates’ list since the last date for filing nominations is on January 17.