Bhubaneswar, Jan 6:
Today being the last day of campaigning for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections to be held on Wednesday all parties including independents are leaving no stones unturned to woo voters.
With the campaigning reaching a fever pitch, the deafening cacophony of multiple funnels blaring songs and slogans have made life difficult for people, especially students preparing for their exams. All this, despite an official ban on going beyond the acceptable decibel levels !
While the chief minister Naveen Patnaik is sweating it out on a daily basis, the mainstay of the ruling party’s campaign are the ministers, party MLAs and film actors. The Congress campaign is being spearheaded by Union minister Srikant Jena, PCC president Jayadev Jena and other senior leaders.
And promises are flying thick and fast.
Union minister Srikant Jena while campaigning for his party(Congress) candidates for the BMC polls on Sunday -a la Kejriwal- promised to provide 200 units of free power to all BPL families in the slums if Congress wins BMC polls.
BJD’s Arun Sahoo, minister for Power reacting to Jena’s promise said it was a political gimmick by the Congress whichh had no chance of winning in the BMC elections.
” It is ridiculous because the party had not even come out with a manifesto for the BMC polls,” he said.
While Ollywood stars Anubhav Mohanty and Uttam Mohanty are campaigning today for BJD candidates in different BMC wards, BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday addressed meetings at Khandagiri, Dharma Vihar, Dumuduma, Aiginia, Subhas Nagar Basti and other slums.
The Congress has upped its campaign on the last day of campaigning with Union minister Srikant Jena, PCC president Jayadev Jena, senior leader Kishore Patel, leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh are busy campaigning in various wards. These leaders had addressed a series of meetings on Sunday at BDA Colony, Sailashree Vihar and other areas along with their candidates and appealed to the people to vote for the Congress candidates.
Similarly, the BJP has launched an intensive, door-to-door campaign across the city. Pointing out the failures of the outgoing BJD led BMC municipal council, the BJP leaders and candidates are promising superior civic services once they are voted to power.
The party stalwart and former minister Biswa Bhushan Harichandan has made an issue out of severe water-logging that the people in the city face every time there is rain.Along with former minister Surama Padhi, Harichandan who used to the local MLA is campaigning aggressively for the candidates. The duo addressed several meetings at Laxmi Vihar on Sunday, seeking and criticized the BJD Government for not addressing the basic problems of the residents during its tenure.