Reported by Chinmay Dehury, Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Oct 1:
After deciding to upgrade Sambalpur municipality into a municipal corporation, the BJD led Odisha government today declared that it will issue a notification soon to accord corporation status to Rourkela municipality as well.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this after meeting with a delegation from Rourkela.
“It’s a political move aimed at garnering votes in western Odisha, where elections to the urban local bodies are likely to be held in December,” said a political analyst.
The ruling BJD , is desperate to strengthen its grip over western Odisha where the Congress and the BJP have a strong support base. That explains why has been offering lollipops to woo voters ahead of the urban polls and the 2014 general election, he said .