Campaigning for last phase polls in Odisha ends

Bhubaneswar: Curtains came down on the month-long high-voltage poll campaigning across the State today ahead of the last phase polling in six Lok Sabha constituencies and 41 Assembly constituencies in Odisha on April 29.

Preparations for smooth conduct of elections in the constituencies have been initiated on a war footing. Polling parties are already on their way to their respective polling stations.

“We were provided special training on how to tackle EVM, VVPAT technical snags at the office of Cuttack Collector,” said Netaji Abhinandan, Presiding Officer, Cuttack.

Polling official Pratap Kumar Swain said all equipments have been handed over to the officials in a systematic manner for smooth and peaceful conduct of elections.

On the last day of the campaigning today, major political parties have roped in their heavyweights to woo votes for their party candidates.

BJP’s national president Amit Shah addressed a huge Sankalp Samabesh at Morada in Mayurbhanj and one later in Jajpur district. Party’s national Vice president and Lok Sabha candidate Baijayant Jay Panda was on a marathon campaign trail in Kendrapara. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan campaigned for party candidates in Basudevpur Assembly constituency. Similarly, Jual Oram visited Balasore Sadar to campaign for party candidates.

BJD president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also took out a roadshow in Pattamundai and several other parts of the Kendrapara segment today.