State BJP positive of development under new leadership

Bhubaneswar: The resignation of Nitin Gadkari from the post of BJP president in a dramatic turn of events and elevation of party top leader Rajnath Singh as the party president have shown its effect in the state capital as the local leaders of the saffron party celebrated such changes expecting a lot from the new leader at the state party head office here.

In view of the organizational change, the local leaders have expected that the party would be more trustworthy under the presidentship of 62-year Rajnath Singh. As a mark of their celebration, state top leaders including KV Singhdeo, Manmohan Samal and Prasanna Mishra distributed sweets among themselves and raised slogans in front of the party head office.

The State BJP president Jual Oram, who was present at the central party meet in New Delhi, expressed pleasure over the unanimous decision of the central leaders.

“BJP is really a democratic party. We have developed a collective leadership by choosing a leader for the top post which was amicably decided,” Oram said over phone.

The BJP senior leader ruled out the issue that there has been delay in the organizational poll in the state. “My term continued till December end. It’s not even one month delay for the election. The central election completed and the changes in state leadership would happen very soon” Oram added.

Similarly, party leaders KV Singhdeo and Manmohan Samal expected much from the newly elected president. Singhdeo expected an overall development of the party under the new leadership while Samal welcomed Rajnath as the all-India party chief.

“He (Rajnath Singh) is an experienced and matured leader. He has successfully completed his term as party chief earlier and even other top posts including Uttar Pradesh state chief. Party would improve definitely under his leadership,” Samal asserted.

Likewise, state general secretary Prasanna Mishra said, “It’s a matter of pleasure that the party has got an experienced leader. We are happy that there is no contest in the centre as the leaders unanimously decided the party chief.”

In a last-minute twist, Nitin Gadkari resigned from the post of party president on Tuesday night citing that allegation against him would adversely affect the interest of the party. Later, Rajnath Singh emerged as the consensus choice for the top office.