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15 April 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: As BJP is hell bent on its Mission Odisha and has been turning no stone unturned to beat BJD in its bastion during the ongoing elections as it has failed in 2014 polls, several BJP central leaders have been visiting the State frequently to woo the voters in its favour.

On the contrary, ruling BJD has termed it as an outcome being scared of the influence and charisma of BJD supremo and consecutively four-time Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra today informed media, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Jharsuguda airport at 10.30 am tomorrow. He will address Vijay Sankalp meeting at Sambalpur. He will leave for a programme out of Odisha and again he will reach Bhubaneswar airport at 5.30 pm. From there via Ganganagar, through Shiva Mandir route behind Baramunda, he will be holding roadshow before reaching the Barmunda ground and addess the Vijay Sankalp meeting there. From there he will be back to New Delhi.”

He added, “On April 17, Amit Shahji will reach 2.30 pm Bhubaneswar. From here he will fly to Dhenkanal by helicopter. Then Narasinghpur ground and Cuttack city.”

He further informed, “On April 18, Sushree Uma Bharati will reach Cuttack city and address two meetings in the afternoon. One meeting is at Cuttack-Choudwar assembly constituency and another at Cuttack city (Barabati-Cuttack assembly constituency).”

“On the same April 18, Nitin Gadkariji is also touring Odisha. He will be joining three party campaign programmes,” said the BJP spokesperson.

 On the contrary, BJD spokesperson Priyadarshi Mishra commented, “This is all because they (BJP) are afraid of the popularity our hon’ble Chief Minister has. They haven’t done any developmental activities. Rather they resorted to destruction. They are apprehensive that they would garner votes even less than last time. Due to this fear, they are on their frequent visits to Odisha. Be it the Prime Minister, the party president, ministers and chief ministers.”

“It will have no impact. The people have already decided to vote for BJD in large margins and we’ll be forming government once again,” he claimed.

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Golak Mohapatra, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha

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Priyadarshi Mishra, Spokesperson, BJD