Pol parties adopt padyatra to reach mass

Bhubaneswar: Though there is no election round the corner, political parties in Odisha have geared up to reach out to the people to garner support and strengthen party base at grassroots level.

Soon after Bargarh tour of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi last month in which he undertook a padyatra, the ruling BJD is leaving no stone unturned to leave an impact of the party’s popularity among the voters. It has decided to launch a “Jan Sampark Padyatra” beginning October 2. The nine-day padyatra will culminate on Jayprakash Narayan Jayanti on October 11, office bearers of the party said.

Buoyed by the public response, though the Congress is planning for a similar state-wide drive very soon, the BJP said today that it is actively considering to take out a campaign to reach to the voters especially in rural areas.

This will be the first time that BJD will hit the streets against BJP since 2014 general election and will make people aware of Centre’s special package for Bihar and reduction in several centrally sponsored schemes in Odisha.

“We will make the people aware how the NDA government is neglecting Odisha. When Modi government announced a special package of Rs 125 lakh crore for poll-bound Bihar, it stopped the critical programmes like KBK Yojana, BRGF and others related to poor people in Odisha,” BJD spokesman Pratap K Deb told reporters.

BJD president and chief minister Naveen will kick start the padayatra here, while ministers and senior party leaders have been assigned to partcipate in the programme in different districts, he said.