Odisha Congress reschedules ‘Padyatra’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress has rescheduled its ‘Padyatra’ to October 14. Notably, the party was scheduled to hold the rally on October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan while informing about the new schedule added that that the party will hold the ‘Padyatra’ in 10 phases which would continue till April 2016.

“We don’t intend to compete with any political party. As per the decision of the party, the padyatra would kick off in the state from October 14,” Harichandan told reporters here.

As decided, the first day of the padayatra would begin from Dhenkanal followed by Angul on the next day.

The padyatra would be organized in 10 phases in all Lok Sabha constituencies including Ganjam, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Nabarangpur and Koraput. During the padayatra, which will continue till April next year, the party would apprise the people of the failure of the state and the Central governments.

The party has also decided to launch Bijuli Satyagraha after the Dussehra.

Meanwhile, the ruling BJD is all set to launch its Jan Sampark padyatra from October 2 which will be flagged off by the party supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik at Gangapalli Nagar in the state capital.

To ensure successful conduct of the padyatra, the party has entrusted responsibility to 121 party workers and leaders including 32 observers.

The party, during the padyatra, would meet the people and apprise them of the Central neglect and the success of the state government.

Hinting at the Congress, BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said “Since the BJD has been conducting the padyatra for more than a decade, the Opposition has planned to scuttle our move. If they are trying to compete with us, they are most welcome. We are ready to accept the challenge”.

The BJP has also decided to launch its satyagraha in all 147 Assembly constituencies from October 2.

“The party has decided to observe the satyagrah in a peaceful manner. There will be no demonstration, no hartal, jail bharo. Our prime objective will be to apprise the people of the failure of the state government and the success of the Central government,” BJP state vice president Prithviraj Harichandan told the media here.