Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 24:
A day before BJP President Amit Shah visits Odisha to kickoff the panchayat poll campaign, the state unit of the party today alleged that the Naveen Patnaik led government is using the state administration to limit political activities of opponents.
Party workers today blocked roads and damaged BMC vehicles for taking down its promotional posters of its ‘Jana Jagaran Mahasamavesh’ from certain areas of Odisha capital.
According to Odisha BJP General Secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan, who led a road block near power house square of the city, BMC officials had removed the posters as instructed by BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar.
The Commissioner, on the other hand, explained that the move was intended at curbing defacement of public property and added “similar action has been taken against other parties since a new rule came into force on November 1”.
The situation, however, was contained following several rounds of talks between BMC officials, police and BJP leaders.
Meanwhile, Shah is likely to address the rally tomorrow afternoon. The saffron party has its hopes high from its national president this time.
Questioned on the party’s expectation from Shah’s speech this time and his silence over the performance of BJD government last time, BJP Odisha in-charge Arun Singh said, “The president knows everything about the failure of this (state) government this time around. He will address the entire state from here. He will speak on the failures of this government”.
Meanwhile, BJD claimed that Shah’s tour will have no impact among the state’s electorate.
“Amit Shah is not that big a national level leader. People of Odisha will not receive him well. People, instead, will accept speeches of Bijoy Mohapatra and Biswa Bhusan Harichandan more than his. This rally will have no impact on panchayat polls,” said senior Spokesperson of BJD Surya Narayan Patro.