Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 5:
BJP President Amit Shah will attend a mega convention in Bhubaneswar on November 25 to initiate the panchayat poll campaign of the party, said Odisha Unit President Basant Panda today.
Panda, who presided over the State Executive meeting held in Bhubaneswar today, also said that the party has started ground works for the November 25 meeting. He released a poster with several questions directed towards the State Government on the occasion.
“The party intends to reach out to voters across all panchayats of the state and let them know the failures of this government. Since Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is elusive, lives amidst a tight security net and people get arrested while attempting to speak to him, we will affix leaflets across all panchayat offices so that government officials or his party workers will let him know the issues on the ground,” said Panda.
“We call upon the people of the state to march to Bhubaneswar on November 25 to raise their voice. We will find Naveen Patnaik no matter if he is in the Assembly, Secretariat or Naveen Nivas on that day to get our answers,” he added.
The party highlights several key issues including NFSA irregularities, lacks of teachers in schools, lack of free medicine in hospitals, poor condition of ambulance service, drinking water issues, electrification and power outage issues, lack of irrigation facilities, failing law and order situation, rising unemployment, corruption, failure of proper implementation of several government schemes in the leaflet.
Biju Janata Dal Spokesperson Amar Satapathy, on the other hand, refuted the charges levelled by BJP in the leaflet and claimed that the BJP campaign would be rejected by the people of the state.
“Whatever BJP is planning to do is a purely political move. It has nothing to do with interests of the people of the state and will create no buzz among the people. Naveen Patnaik had been with the people, continues to be and will always remain with the people of the state. No wonder, people have always voted for BJD,” said Satapathy.