Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: While the Biju Janata Dal(BJD) is all set to celebrate Biju Jayanti (birth anniversary of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik) and 20 years of its governance in Odisha on March 5, it has fuelled speculations of encouraging 'Brand Naveen' by using ex-CM Biju Patnaik's legacy.

According to sources, the regional party is planning to organise two big events in Cuttack and western part of the State. Apart from that, there are plans to conduct conference of intellectuals and workshops to boast about the State government's schemes and success.

During the events, the party is also planning to extend help to the beneficiaries of different developmental schemes. "The event will be held to showcase the achievements of ruling-BJD in the last 20 years," said BJD General Secretary Sanjay Das Burma.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have said that without any development work such programmes have no meaning.

"Even today there are 38 such panchayats where there is not a single high school. Only 41% people have access to electricity. There is a severe water crisis in the State. All these speaks a lot about the so-called development that this government is boasting of," said BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra.

Similarly, senior Congress leader Panchanan Kanungo said, "It is unfortunate that despite so many issues in education, agriculture and other sectors, they (BJD) are getting votes. This event will be a celebration of such unfortunate happenings."

While it is being speculated that the mega event may be an attempt to secure 'Brand Naveen', it is also being said that it is an attempt to make party leaders involve in developmental works on the field amidst allegations of bureaucrats and officials being assigned important tasks.

"It seems that to cover up the fact that administrative officials are mostly looking after the major works of the government, BJD is organising the event using the name of Biju babu ," senior  journalist Rabi Das said.

Sources said ahead of the municipal and the panchayat polls, BJD has pulled up its socks.