Bhubaneswar: The high voltage campaigns for the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha concluded today while the mandatory ‘silence period’ reigned supreme till the D-day on Monday (April 29).
Six Lok Sabha constituencies — Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur — will go to the polls along with the 42 Assembly segments in their respective jurisdictions on Monday.
Several heavyweights of the three major political parties — the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – have already addressed public meetings and held road shows in the six constituencies ahead of the fourth phase of polling.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and several Union Ministers, including Rajnath Singh, have campaigned for the saffron party in the fourth phase. On Tuesday, Modi addressed public gatherings in Kendrapara and Balasore and said, “Change of Odisha government is in the offing. Allow BJP to serve you at Bhubaneswar, in Odisha for five years. Whatever works have been done in the last 19 years, I’ll show you five-time more and better development than that.”
On the other hand, BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hit the campaign trail every single day and reminded people of Centre’s negligence. He has lambasted, “The BJP leaders make a beeline to the State during elections but disappear during calamities and Odisha’s hard times. They did not come to Odisha during cyclones like ‘Titli’, floods or drought, but are now rushing for votes. Are only the votes of Odisha’s people valuable for BJP, not their well-being?”
The BJD supremo has also reiterated that no national party will get a majority in the elections and the regional parties will be the kingmakers.
Similarly, Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited Balasore on Friday and said, “NYAY is the surgical strike of Congress party on poverty. It will immensely benefit. 5 crore women of India will get direct transfer of money into their bank accounts.”
He also promised employments to the youths and a special Kisan Budget a day before the Annual Union Budget every year.
Rahul also promised enhanced MSP to the farmers, loan waiver and other benefits. Also reminded the tribals about their rights under the PESA eneacted by the Congress Government at the Centre in its earlier stint.
With many promises and long convincing speeches, the heavyweight leaders wound up the electioneering today evening as Odisha is all set to vote in its final phase.
Notably, 15 Lok Sabha (out of total 21 seats) and 105 Assembly seats (out of the total 147) in Odisha have already elected their representatives in Phase-I polling on April 11, Phase-II polling on April 18 and Phase-III polling on April 23 by casting their secret votes that have now been sealed in the EVMs and waiting for the counting date. Election to the adjourned Patkura assembly constituency will be held on April 19.
Thus, all eyes are now on the results of the numero uno festival of our democratic nation, largest in the world. The anxiously awaited outcome is slated on May 23.