It’s true that the Modi wave is still intact but it was in 2014 as well, isn’t it? That time Naveen Patnaik formed the govt. with highest ever mandate, however in 2019, the game is different. Narendra Modi & BJP’s influence is much stronger in Odisha than ever before and the party has wisely tricked BJD by introducing two of it’s experienced and popular leaders at the coastal belt.
With Aparajita Sarangi in Bhubneswar, BJP has left no choice for BJD to counter the iron lady of Odisha. The former IAS officer having years of experience in different states of India and has worked under Patnaik govt for quite a while.
Aparajita Sarangi has been working assiduously on a plan for the past few months, which includes deployment of her followers and cadres in each of the constituencies and gathering feedback from ground zero on what issues have resonance among the people, as part of its strategy to woo the electorate from Bhubaneswar for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In an exclusive interview with Odisha Shines, the former IAS officer pitches for a sustainable growth model for the state and region wise planning to develop the entire state. Her development driven persona has already impressed the voters.
Additionally, in Puri, the senior leader and national spokesperson of BJP, Dr. Sambit Patra and his grand entry with a massive rally have just invited a new controversy. In the meanwhile, Congress moves ECI against Sambit Patra for holding Jagannath idol during an election rally.
But those who know Sambit Patra are saying that this will only help him gaining support from lakhs of Hindu voters and Jagannath worshippers at this sacred holy pilgrimage centre at Puri.