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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Former US President Dwight D Eisenhower had said "If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power."

This is what exactly the challenge before new Odisha BJP chief Sameer Mohanty. The new State BJP Chief has to display that the State unit has the determination to advance the people's cause. And to accomplish that the advice has come from none other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During his Pariksha Pe Charcha 3.0 on January 20, Modi had started the session by saying today's trend is 'Hashtag Without Filter' - a terminology trending top in social media that virtually talks about unedited posts and candid discussions. PM Modi asked the school students to speak to him 'Hashtag Without Filter'. This is a big message for all.

It's only a sheer coincidence that on the day while senior BJP leader JP Nadda took the mantle of BJP President, a day earlier new Odisha BJP chief Sameer Ray had taken the reins of State unit.

Significantly, PM Modi had spoken in the same tenor at the BJP headquarters during the coronation of new BJP chief JP Nadda, when Modi said "Madhyamon Se Samarthan Milne ki Umeed nahin hain aur hamein madad se jeene ki aadat nahin hain (the mediums are not going to support us and we have never been dependent on them)." He said so in plain terms that BJP need to go for intense communication with the people directly.

For new State BJP chief the message is quite crystal clear, speak #WithoutFilter to party's ordinary workers and people at the last line. Don't talk via mediums like the coteries or the media.

Because, in politics candid inputs form the basis of a political party's approach to issues and its plan of action for polls.

Modi's direct action talk calls for extensive tours to remote and far off places by party functionaries. And Odisha needed a heavy dose of such tours, if BJP wants to become a political alternative in the State, not a power seizer.

And to become a political alternative, Odisha BJP has to walk the talk by providing a clear cut policy alternative to problems afflicting the State, feel political watchers.

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