Political parties warm up for panchayat polls

Bhubaneswar: With the panchayats polls is just six months away, the three major political parties in the state- BJD, BJP and Congress have started preparing blueprints to outsmart each other in the upcoming election.

At Naveen Niwas, chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik held discussions with leaders and observers of five organisational districts (Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir, Balasore and Bhadrak) today to chalk out plans for the panchayat polls, scheduled to be held in February next year.

The regional party would prepare a blueprint for the election after the meet with party’s observers, MLAs, MPs and other leaders, sources said.

Talking to media, party’s senior leader and Athgarh legislator Ranendra Pratap Swain said, “We want to focus on how to organise booths in all the districts. Besides we need strong co-ordination among the leaders to win the polls.”

Former minister and Surya Narayan Patro said,”Our poll strategy will be based on two categories. One- in the seats we have been winning since years and the seats in which our party is weak. We need to focus on the developmental works in these areas.”

Bolangir MP Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo stated that the party, before the polls, will highlight the major issues which it has taken up with the Centre for the interest of the State. “We need to strengthen the organisation and take all the social welfare schemes to grassroots level.”