Panchayat polls: Naveen holds meeting with leaders of four districts

Bhubaneswar: After having a first round meeting with the leaders and observers of five organisational districts to chalk out plans for the panchayat polls, scheduled to be held in February next year, chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had a second round meeting with the leaders and observers of four organisational districts at Naveen Niwas here today.

The chief minister held discussions with leaders and observers of Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Mayurbhanj districts to chalk out plans for the panchayat polls.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Panchayati Raj minister and observer of Mayurbhanj district Arun Sahu said party organisation is a continuous process. “As BJD always believes in party organisation and reaching out to the people to win their trust, the chief minister directed to carry on the process”, he added.

Minister Sudam Marandi said the chief minister asked the leaders to go to the grassroots and get the feedback from the people as to whether the welfare programmes of the state government is properly implemented. Besides, he also asked the party men to coordinate with the district officials to ensure that the people in rural areas are benefited by these programmes.

Jayaram Pangi, Koraput District BJD president, who was also present in the meeting, said a decision has been taken to form a 7-member committee in each Zilla Parishad zone which will select the candidates. “Apart from this, a 7-member committee has also been formed at the panchayat level to select candidates for selection of candidates for ward member, sarpanch and samiti member”, he pointed out.