Nabakalebar Rath Yatra: BJP, BJD in poster war

Bhubaneswar: It seems the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra of the deities has become the best platform for political parties in the State to show off their strength to the common men. If not other things, at least the hoardings alongside the Bhubaneswar-Puri depict this.

The giant size posters of both the parties welcome pilgrims to the temple town on the grand occasion.

In many of BJP’s posters, prime minster Narendra Modi is seen along with party president Amit Shah and union minister Dharmendra Pradhan. While other prominent figures of the saffron party are hardly found sharing the space, in case of BJD it is only chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s picture which is found in the posters.

“Yes, the political parties are cashing in on the grand occasion to show their strength. While the congregation of pilgrims is somewhere around 50 lakh, this is the best moment for them to showcase party strength,” said a political analyst.